Day 1 Talk2Facebook ~ Content Moderation

Good question.
FB personnel are on the group/list and we believe we shall be hearing from them  soon 😉
On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 05:43:37 PM GMT+3, Grace Mutung’u <> wrote:

Walu, That’s actually interesting….non interference in the US but engagement with government in Africa? What makes different spaces get different approaches? GB

On Wednesday, 16 September 2020, Walubengo J <> wrote:

At the moment FB is struggling with online content issues with respect to the US elections…from media reports I get the feeling they are preferring the non-interference stance to content but I stand to be corrected.
I get the feeling fake-news on digital platform may require capacity building of the general masses – over and above what FB may, or may not do.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:06:33 PM GMT+3, Grace Mutung’u via kictanet < > wrote:

Hi Teacher Karis,
With regard to content moderation, I am wondering if Facebook has anything in the pipeline for upcoming Kenya elections. This is coming from reports on their recent work in Ethiopia. I got the sense that Facebook engaged with the government but still didn’t help to contain content that led to offline violence. There is also a sense from civil society reports that Facebook took down content that should have stayed up or may have blocked dissenters. My question is therefore what they learnt from that experience in Ethiopia or other African countries they have engaged in.
Warm regards,

On Wed, 16 Sep 2020 at 11:30, Ali Hussein via kictanet < > wrote:

My humble thoughts:-
1. How can we align current laws to go after the culprits who misuse platforms like these. With this, I also mean platform owners themselves. Policy Makers and Regulators the world over have unfortunately been caught flat-footed by these Gatekeeper Platforms. Like a knife, they can do a lot of good (in the kitchen!) but also be used as lethal weapons. How do we find the balance?
2. Let me ask a question – At a bar, a party, or even in the bedroom is there someone moderating our conversations or behaviors? Unless of course, you are in China where even the cockroach in your kitchen has been profiled by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). This is not a joke… 
3. The Net Neutrality (yes..still my pet peeve :-)) debate must be revived. If we all had paid attention to this critical issue we probably would not be having these conversations. For those of you who are new to Net Neutrality click here to bring yourself up to speed.
4. Last but not least, Gatekeeper Platforms have a fiduciary responsibility and a social contract to keep the platforms clean and usable. The problem here is that we will be giving these guys too much power. Again, how do we find the balance?


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On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 6:01 AM Kelvin Kariuki via kictanet < > wrote:

Hi There!

Hoping you are having agreat week, we are delighted to invite you to this 4 days series on“Talk2Facebook”, on Day 1, we are eager to hear from you on issues surroundingContent Moderation on FB!

Content Moderationis a delicate balance between freedom of speech and censorship. Share yourcomments, experiences, and challenges with regard to Facebook Services alongthe following themes:

a) Should FB bemoderating digital content on their platform or should it be open and liberal?

b) If FB canmoderate content on its platform, how can it balance out different culturalexpectations where a single post in one jurisdiction is considered acceptablewhile it becomes un-acceptable in another?

c) How can FB moderatecontent without being considered a gatekeeper or violating freedom of speech?

d) Has yourcontent posted on FB ever been flagged as un-acceptable and what was yourreaction/experience? Is there a process of appeal?


We hope to hear from youtoday as tomorrow we will be talking about Data Protection Issues.


Have a great day!


Rest of the Program:

Day 2: Data Protection

Day 3: Human Rights &Transparency

Day 4: Connectivity &Wrap Up


Warm Regards,

Tr. Karis
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