Task Force: Regulating Social Media Companies
You have been hired to join the board of directors for a well-known social media platform, Twitter. Your goal is to try and come up with a plan to regulate the content being published.
Why Are We Doing This?
The role of social media has increased dramatically in the last few years. Inevitably, this has led to a lot of social media users relying on certain social media platforms to obtain information about pop culture and current events/news. Here, we ask you to try and regulate the content being published on Twitter, in order to prevent misinformation without infringing on someone’s freedom of press.
- Before you begin, research information about how Twitter controls the information being published on their platform. What do other social media platforms do to control their output of information? What is the red-flagging system?
- Then, try to come up with a plan for how Twitter should regulate its social media platform.
- What will be allowed? What will not be allowed?
- What can be advertised? What cannot be advertised?
- What should be banned? Should promotions of political candidates be allowed?
- How will you prevent the spread of fake news?
- Will you implement a fact-checking system on the platform? How?
- Think through the possible objections about your plan that someone might have.
- Share with the group and see if you can convince them to agree with the implementation of your social media plan for Twitter.
Things to Keep in Mind:
- You do not have to come up with an exhaustive list of guidelines for your plan. Choose a few that you are prepared to defend.