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Transparency & Accountability

Content moderation does not and cannot work in a vacuum. Without transparent rules that online platforms can be held accountable for, many communities that host user-generated content would simply fail. CDT works to ensure that policies are accessible to users, that companies and governments protect and respect user rights, and that platforms have mechanisms in place to offer meaningful opportunities for appeal and redress. Along with partners in civil society and academia, we drafted the Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation, a set of best practices for online platforms that host user-generated content. In the short time since they were published, the Santa Clara Principles — along with CDT’s larger body of related work — have become central to conversations happening on the Hill, in Silicon Valley, and in Europe concerning content moderation.

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Report – Defending Data: Privacy Protection, Independent Researchers, and Access to Social Media Data in the US and EU

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EU Tech Policy Brief: January 2023

CDT and Technologists File SCOTUS Brief Urging Court To Hold that Section 230 Applies to Recommendations of Content. White document on a grey background.

CDT and Technologists File SCOTUS Brief Urging Court To Hold that Section 230 Applies to Recommendations of Content

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Joint Statement on the Disbanding of the Twitter Trust and Safety Council

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Press Release: CDT Condemns Disbanding of Twitter Trust & Safety Council

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EU Tech Policy Brief: November 2022 Recap

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