Community-Engagement Summer Fellowship

The Distinct Impacts of Content Moderation

Author Full Name
Sandi Khine
2022

Abstract: 

This project seeks to begin studying the intersections of race and content moderation that have yet to be investigated. While the literature about the field has revealed instances of hate speech to be some of the most impactful upon commercial content moderators, the specificity of the harm created upon those most impacted has yet to be interrogated. Thus, this research seeks to better understand the distinct impacts of regulating hate speech on Black people who are tasked with the jobs of content moderation and platform policy enforcement.

The research highlights the daily experiences of individuals whose work in the shadows has helped ensure the protection and safety of those who interact with the Internet. Through in-depth interviews, the project aims to collect new qualitative data about the field of content moderation and trust and safety and its intersections with race. By centering the experiences of Black people with the free expression policies of social media platforms, this research will also illuminate vital gaps in the enforcement of hate speech policy at social media companies and offer a different path forward at a crucial time where the industry faces intense scrutiny and increased calls for an end to self-regulation.

Read the final paper here.