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.

Latest Updates

KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

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
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

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.

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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
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Content Governance
Content Governance

¿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
News
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
Freedom of Expression

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
Content Governance
Content Governance

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
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

Why YouTube remains a fertile ground for electoral disinformation?

7 Apr 2024
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Why YouTube remains a fertile ground for electoral disinformation?
BOOM Live ↗
7 Apr 2024
Why YouTube remains a fertile ground for electoral disinformation?
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

Did YouTube green-lit ads with disinformation on Indian elections?

4 Apr 2024
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Did YouTube green-lit ads with disinformation on Indian elections?
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4 Apr 2024
Did YouTube green-lit ads with disinformation on Indian elections?
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

YouTube okayed ads with polls disinfo, report finds. ‘Ads withdrawn before our checks,’ says platform

4 Apr 2024
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YouTube okayed ads with polls disinfo, report finds. ‘Ads withdrawn before our checks,’ says platform
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4 Apr 2024
YouTube okayed ads with polls disinfo, report finds. ‘Ads withdrawn before our checks,’ says platform
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

YouTube approved ads spreading misinfo about India’s poll process: Investigation

4 Apr 2024
News
YouTube approved ads spreading misinfo about India’s poll process: Investigation
Hindustan Times ↗
4 Apr 2024
YouTube approved ads spreading misinfo about India’s poll process: Investigation
European Media Freedom Act
Content Governance
Content Governance

What exactly is Instagram’s political content filter filtering out?

3 Apr 2024
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What exactly is Instagram’s political content filter filtering out?
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3 Apr 2024
What exactly is Instagram’s political content filter filtering out?
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, YouTube approved ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report

3 Apr 2024
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Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, YouTube approved ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
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3 Apr 2024
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, YouTube approved ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

YouTube nod to 48 ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report

3 Apr 2024
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YouTube nod to 48 ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
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3 Apr 2024
YouTube nod to 48 ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election

2 Apr 2024

YouTube is approving election disinformation ads in India ahead of the country’s general election, a new joint investigation by Access Now and Global Witness has found.

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YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
2 Apr 2024
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content Governance

लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा यूट्यूब

2 Apr 2024

एक्सेस नाउ और ग्लोबल विटनेस की नई संयुक्त जांच में पाया गया है कि यूट्यूब देश के लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में चुनावी रूप से भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा है।

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लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा यूट्यूब
2 Apr 2024
लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा यूट्यूब