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Content Moderation for End-to-End Encrypted Messaging

Author(s): 
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
October 7, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Thursday evening, the Attorney General, the Acting Homeland Security Secretary, and top law enforcement officials from the U.K. and Australia sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg. The letter emphasizes the scourge of child abuse content online, and the officials call on Facebook to press pause on end-to-end encryption for its messaging platforms. Read more about Content Moderation for End-to-End Encrypted Messaging

That time my husband reported me to the Facebook police: a case study

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
September 27, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

[Stanford's Daphne Keller is a preeminent cyberlawyer and one of the world's leading experts on "intermediary liability" -- that is, when an online service should be held responsible for the actions of this user. She brings us a delightful tale of Facebook's inability to moderate content at scale, which is as much of a tale of the impossibility (and foolishness) of trying to support 2.3 billion users (who will generate 2,300 one-in-a-million edge-cases every day) as it is about a specific failure. Read more about That time my husband reported me to the Facebook police: a case study

Facebook Restricts Speech by Popular Demand

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
September 22, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

This past week, with some fanfare, Facebook announced its own version of the Supreme Court: a 40-member board that will make final decisions about user posts that Facebook has taken down. The announcement came after extended deliberations that have been described as Facebook’s “constitutional convention.” Read more about Facebook Restricts Speech by Popular Demand

Too Good to Be True?

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
September 10, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The client shows his lawyer a video he says he took on his cell phone. It shows the defendant saying things that, if seen by the jury, will be a slam dunk for the client’s case. The attorney includes the video in her list of evidence for trial, but the defendant’s lawyers move to strike. They claim it’s a fake. What’s the plaintiff’s lawyer—and the judge—to do?

Welcome to trial practice in the new world of "deepfake" videos. Read more about Too Good to Be True?

Campaigns Must Prepare for Deepfakes: This Is What Their Plan Should Look Like

Author(s): 
Danielle Citron
Publication Date: 
September 5, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

It is only a matter of time before maliciously manipulated or fabricated content surfaces of a major presidential candidate in 2020. The video manipulation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in May demonstrates the speed with which even a “cheap fake” can spread. Read more about Campaigns Must Prepare for Deepfakes: This Is What Their Plan Should Look Like

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