- January 19, 2022 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (PST)
From Russia, with Lag
Hosted by TSPA
Governments around the world have varying levels of concerns about what their citizens are saying — and seeing — online, and they expect tech platforms to remove what they don’t want to see. Some governments pass new laws and regulations; some governments don’t allow companies to operate in their countries if companies don’t follow their rules. One government — Russia, in this case — took a new tack, by slowing everything down.
Unhappy with Twitter for not complying with its takedown requests, the Russian Government decided to slow down Twitter in Russia, making downloading and uploading images and videos very slow. Join our next Case Study Club, where we’ll be talking about Russia throttling Twitter and other government actions that forces tech platforms to comply with takedown requests. We’ll talk about when government takedown requests are appropriate and when they cross the line. In what circumstances do governments take down requests infringe upon a user’s digital rights? We’ll explore the trade-offs companies have to make when balancing government demands and users’ access to platforms.