Content Governance

Rights-Based Approaches to Online Content

Governments and companies are under increasing pressure to address illegal or undesirable content and expression online, but hasty or poorly crafted solutions threaten human rights. We advocate for policies and practices to defend free expression and access to information and  ensure people who are most at risk are protected.

Content governance in times of crisis: how platforms can protect human rights

In situations of armed conflicts and other crises, people use social media and messaging platforms to document human rights abuses or war crimes, access information, mobilize for action, and crowdsource humanitarian assistance. 

Resources

Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Content Governance

Guide: how to protect human rights in content governance

We offer 26 recommendations on content governance to help lawmakers, regulators, and company leaders make decisions that will safeguard human rights.

what is disinformation

Content Governance

What is disinformation, why it spreads, and how to stop it

Our new report explores what disinformation is, and how lawmakers can address the harms it poses to democracy.

The EU must hold VLOPs accountable

Content Governance

The Digital Services Act: your guide to the EU’s new content moderation rules

The EU Digital Services Act has finally arrived. We unpack what this law contains and the changes people can expect to see from 2024 onwards.

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Content Governance

Digital Security Helpline: our approach to content-related cases

Critical voices from civil society are being censored. Here’s how the Digital Security Helpline addresses cases related to content governance.

Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Content Governance

Meta’s actions “adversely impacted” Palestinians’ rights: Access Now welcomes BSR findings

Access Now welcomes the release of BSR’s human rights due diligence findings that expose Meta’s rights-violating actions against people in Palestine.

Musk

Content Governance

What does Musk’s “free speech” look like for the rest of us?

Elon Musk’s simplistic views of freedom of expression could catapult Twitter from a toxic space to a worse one — especially for those of us tweeting from the margins.

Musk

Content Governance

Access Now to Telegram: protect the rights of 500 million people

Access Now and a coalition of civil society organizations are sounding the alarm over safety and security issues plaguing Telegram.

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Content Governance

Access Now releases “Fighting misinformation and defending free expression during COVID-19: recommendations for states”

We have identified practical examples and promising practices to support policy makers in respecting human rights while developing measures to address disinformation and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
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In Russia la censura si abbatte anche su YouTube

6 Jun 2024
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In Russia la censura si abbatte anche su YouTube
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6 Jun 2024
In Russia la censura si abbatte anche su YouTube
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How AI is changing elections around the world

6 Jun 2024
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How AI is changing elections around the world
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6 Jun 2024
How AI is changing elections around the world
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
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YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!

3 Jun 2024
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YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!
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3 Jun 2024
YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
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Content Governance

YouTube must stop helping Russia censor free speech, experts say

30 May 2024
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YouTube must stop helping Russia censor free speech, experts say
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30 May 2024
YouTube must stop helping Russia censor free speech, experts say
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
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Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете

29 May 2024
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Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете
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29 May 2024
Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content Governance

Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech

28 May 2024

Through an open letter, Access Now and over 20 Russian and international civil society organizations are urging YouTube and its parent company Google to not help the Kremlin censor Russian independent media and human rights organizations. 

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Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
28 May 2024
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
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Content Governance
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A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices

27 May 2024
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A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices
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27 May 2024
A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices
#StopSilencingPalestine
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La guerra nella Striscia di Gaza si combatte anche su TikTok

22 May 2024
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La guerra nella Striscia di Gaza si combatte anche su TikTok
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22 May 2024
La guerra nella Striscia di Gaza si combatte anche su TikTok
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
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Shrinking democracy, growing violence: internet shutdowns in 2023

15 May 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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Shrinking democracy, growing violence: internet shutdowns in 2023
15 May 2024
Shrinking democracy, growing violence: internet shutdowns in 2023
México: un Decálogo de Derechos Digitales en Redes Sociales o una receta para la censura
Content Governance
Content Governance

Deepfakes and online misinformation in India’s election

2 May 2024
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Deepfakes and online misinformation in India’s election
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2 May 2024
Deepfakes and online misinformation in India’s election
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Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices

30 Apr 2024

The StopSilencingPalestine campaign sent a letter to Meta. However, the company’s response lacked concrete steps to address the detrimental effects of its policies on human rights, both online and offline.

Press Release
Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices
30 Apr 2024
Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices
KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch
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2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

29 Apr 2024

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

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2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
29 Apr 2024
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
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¿Qué pasó ayer?: El debate por el “derecho al olvido” permanece vigente en América Latina

25 Apr 2024
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¿Qué pasó ayer?: El debate por el “derecho al olvido” permanece vigente en América Latina
25 Apr 2024
¿Qué pasó ayer?: El debate por el “derecho al olvido” permanece vigente en América Latina
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले यूट्यूब भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को जगह दे रहा है: रिपोर्ट

17 Apr 2024
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लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले यूट्यूब भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को जगह दे रहा है: रिपोर्ट
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17 Apr 2024
लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले यूट्यूब भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को जगह दे रहा है: रिपोर्ट
Freedom of Expression
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Blocked, demonetised, and censored: what some news channels in India are facing on YouTube

16 Apr 2024
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Blocked, demonetised, and censored: what some news channels in India are facing on YouTube
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16 Apr 2024
Blocked, demonetised, and censored: what some news channels in India are facing on YouTube
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
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YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election

9 Apr 2024
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YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election
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9 Apr 2024
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election