Day 1 Talk2Facebook ~ Content Moderation

Asanteni Ali na Grace for your input,

Ali you raise an important point on coming up with laws to go after the
culprits who abuse these platforms, the root
problem is “Fake Accounts”, people are more confident going to the
extremes online because they are hiding behind
a fake account. A number of government web applications require National ID
and/or Phone No. verification when creating
an account… do we need this for social media accounts?

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 12:05 PM Grace Mutung’u via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> 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,
> Grace
>
> On Wed, 16 Sep 2020 at 11:30, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> 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 <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality> 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?
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> *Ali Hussein*
>>
>> Digital Transformation
>>
>>
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>>
>> Twitter: @AliHKassim
>>
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>>
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>>
>>
>>
>>
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>> organizations that I work with.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 6:01 AM Kelvin Kariuki via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi There!
>>>
>>> Hoping you are having a great 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 surrounding Content Moderation on FB!
>>>
>>> Content Moderation is a delicate balance between freedom of speech and
>>> censorship. Share your comments, experiences, and challenges with regard to
>>> Facebook Services along the following themes:
>>>
>>> a) Should FB be moderating digital content on their platform or should
>>> it be open and liberal?
>>>
>>> b) If FB can moderate content on its platform, how can it balance out
>>> different cultural expectations where a single post in one jurisdiction is
>>> considered acceptable while it becomes un-acceptable in another?
>>>
>>> c) How can FB moderate content without being considered a gatekeeper or
>>> violating freedom of speech?
>>>
>>> d) Has your content posted on FB ever been flagged as un-acceptable and
>>> what was your reaction/experience? Is there a process of appeal?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> We hope to hear from you today 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
>>> Walu
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