Center for Media at Risk Roundtable: Ukraine and Content Moderation for News Media Sustainability

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Date

  • March 23, 2022 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (PST)

Location

Virtual

Center for Media at Risk Roundtable: Ukraine and Content Moderation for News Media Sustainability

Hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

From combatting violent extremism to mitigating misinformation, the news industry is caught in the middle of debates over how best to address a range of online harms. Amid Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the question about how to protect and promote reliable news and information while minimizing propaganda and disinformation has become a life and death matter with geopolitical implications.

As regulators around the world consider new frameworks for content moderation, it is important to understand how efforts to reduce harmful content online can be detrimental to free and critical media. Stringent moderation can result in the removal or demonetization of journalism, which harms not only the sustainability of news media but also detracts from efforts to reduce disinformation and “fake news.”

This roundtable will look critically at these problems in the real-time case study of the war in Ukraine and discuss how initiatives such as the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, Ads for News and other collaborations between the private sector, media and tech platforms are impacting news media and what we can learn from these types of voluntary, self-regulatory approaches.

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