TechTank: How to Discourage Extremism and Harmful Activities on Social Media Platforms

By Darrell West
Monday, April 4, 2022, 11:05 AM

Twenty-five years ago, the Internet launched full of hope and optimism. The idea was that digital technologies would empower individuals and allow them to communicate with one another, build businesses, and enable online services in a variety of different areas.

In many respects, it has been remarkably successful. The Internet democratized the information ecosystem and generated many different uses. But at the same time, there are concerns about ways that social media platforms enable violent speech, extremism, and human abuses. Policymakers and regulators are grappling with how to encourage innovation and discourage activities that clearly are harmful.

To discuss these important questions, we are pleased to be joined by two distinguished experts: Ben Wittes, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and editor in chief of Lawfare, and Quinta Jurecic, Governance Studies fellow and senior editor at Lawfare. Both have written about content moderation on social media sites and Jurecic has just put out a new Brookings piece entitled “The Politics of Section 230 Reform: Learning from FOSTA’s Mistakes.”

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