Online Platforms and Automated Content Moderation

Recent policy initiatives at the EU level and industry actors anticipate the increased use of automated content moderation tools. This panel will engage the audience in a discussion of current developments and expectations with respect to these tools, the state of the art in the field of abusive language detection and the implications of the developments of these tools for fundamental rights, including privacy, freedom of expression, non-discrimination and due process.

What is the current state of the art of application of automated tools in the online platform industry? What is anticipated for the future? We will place a specific emphasis in discussing the potential entry points for civil society to engage with the development and application of these technologies. What are the ‘ingredients’ of these technologies and can, and if so how, can their development and application be democratized and organized in ways that stay connected to the marginalized and vulnerable communities they aim to protect?

Moderator: Joris van Hoboken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Amsterdam


  • Zeerak Waseem, University of Sheffield
  • Marcel Boulogne, European Commission, DG Connect
  • Dia Kayyali, WITNESS

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