The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has asked for the establishment of an independent statutory authority to oversee operations of all social media platforms that operate down under. “We suggest an independent Statutory authority that is empowered to observe and report on how the incentives, policies, algorithms, and enforcement actions of social media platforms are operating, with the ultimate goal being to maximise benefits and reduce harm for society and its citizens,” ASPI wrote in a submission [PDF] to the Senate Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media. Must read: Tech-augmented democracy is about to get harder in this half-baked worldASPI hopes for such an authority to be granted explicit insight into how content is filtered, blocked, amplified, or suppressed, both from a moderation and algorithmic amplification point of view.”Crucially, these obligations should be placed on all social media operating in Australia, including those companies that originate from authoritarian regimes and those fringe platforms servicing niche communities — not just the dominant Western platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat,” it said. “These transparency and oversight measures would go some way towards countering the default incentive towards sensational, provocative, and potentially polarising content.”ASPI said social media companies and governments have… Read full this story
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