So far, 2021 has seen some social media businesses implementing content takedowns, rolling internal reforms and banning high-profile individuals and applications from using their services. It has caused some tech commentators to question recently whether this could be a defining moment in determining how social media businesses moderate content published on their platforms.
Some are calling for tougher regulation in order to make BigTech more accountable for content that appears on their platforms. For example, in the UK:
- A government cabinet minister has acknowledged explicitly that recent events “raise regulation questions”. The UK government accordingly plans to