7 Code Conference Highlights: From Content Moderation Woes to the Facebook Breakup Debate

Twitter has moved from a platform dedicated to free speech “to one that is cognizant of the impact it’s having on the world and our responsibility and our role in shaping that,” one company executive says

Some of the biggest topics in tech — including whether Facebook and Google should be broken up and how Netflix makes its content decisions — were front and center this week at Code Conference 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

But if you couldn’t make it out to the desert, don’t worry about it.

Here were the seven lessons that were learned this week at #CodeCon:

1. Everyone Cares About Content Moderation — But the Rules Are as Unclear as Ever 

The main takeaway from Code Conference 2019 is that Silicon Valley is fixated on content moderation. Several reps from some of the world’s biggest tech companies took the stage and explained how seriously they take moderation and clamping down on “hate speech” — a term that varies from company to company. How they’re fighting it, though, continues to remain cloaked behind arcane rules that often times appear to be arbitrarily enforced.

Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde, echoing CEO Jack Dorsey’s key talking point from the last year that the company is focused on improving the “health” of conversation…

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Sean Burch

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