Infotech Control social networks? Dive into the workings of ultra-opaque moderation

Control social networks? Dive into the workings of ultra-opaque moderation





“Samuel Paty”. A simple request that I enter in the search function of the social network Twitter to discover the latest news related to the terrible murder of the professor. We are October 22, I am in the office and there, in the middle of publications concerning the national tribute… the horror appears! A vile photo of the teacher’s bloody head, the very one that Abdullakh Anzorov posted on the same network after the attack, here reposted by a stranger hidden behind a pseudonym.

The appalling image is vaguely blurred, but I can clearly see all the atrocity of the barbaric act. A message accompanies it, multiplying the keywords linked to the event, as if to attract a maximum audience. Like a Pavlovian reflex, I quickly scroll the screen to hide the unbearable. It’s not the first monstrosity that Twitter shows me. I saw the inside of the Bataclan on November 13, 2015, bloody lynchings during the “Arab Spring”, horrible executions carried out by Daesh. But today, no question of letting it go: I return to the publication and demand from Twitter the censorship of this post. A few clicks and a tunnel of forms later, there you have it all designated as “violent” – terrorist is not offered. Then I wait. Four days pass and… nothing!

I then decided to report this content as “terrorist” to Pharos, the platform of the Ministry of the Interior. Twenty-four hours later, the publication

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