In this article, we look at the rules, policies and guidance around what types of content is – and isn’t – allowed on social media websites.
Social Media Platforms
Social media platforms reflect many different views and motivations and can be used for harm (as well as good) e.g., cyberbullying, hate speech, grooming and more. With social media forums positioning themselves as platforms rather than publishers, they are currently protected from the same regulation that publishers are subject to. Given that there are now vast quantities of rules and guidelines introduced and published by the social media platforms themselves to show that they can work without the need for regulation or other intervention, this article focuses mainly on Facebook and Twitter as examples.