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Digital Business Lawyer

Platform politics: the question of responsibility

The role and level of responsibility of social media platforms in regards to the content on their platforms - and whether such platforms should face regulatory intervention because of their perceived failure to remove illegal content - has been a key debate in the digital business sector for the past few years. The issues were placed in sharp focus in late 2017 when Twitter caused controversy after giving its stamp of verification - the ‘blue tick’ - to the account of an alleged white supremacist. The removal of such verification was equally controversial, with some commentators suggesting that it indicated that Twitter has a form of editorial judgment by which it decides which individuals are officially verified. Gregor Pryor and Alex Mackay of Reed Smith describe how the debate on social media regulation has progressed recently and how platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have encountered and attempted to manage controversies.

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