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Social Media Against Humanity (EN)

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Introduction

Who decides what should stay online and what should be removed? Who should be in charge of such a task? Is it possible to establish a global consensus about this?

Through a fun game, participants will discuss content moderation on social media, and how its 鈥渞ules鈥 and parameters can be biased by each person鈥檚 principles and beliefs.

How to play

The host will display to the audience 10 鈥渃ards鈥 that show controversial social media posts (they could be real or invented). For each one, there will be a quick introduction to know more about the context of the post, and the facilitators will start the conversation by some ice breaking questions or facts.

Let’s see an example. Imagine you are responsible of moderating all the social media content on the Internet and you have to review this post:

As you, each participant from the audience will vote between one of the following 4 options:

  • ACCEPT: Although controversial, the content is licit and should be kept online.
  • WARN: The content shouldn鈥檛 be taken down, but it should have some warning label, or its author should get a strike one.
  • REMOVE: The content shouldn鈥檛 be online. It must be deleted.
  • PROSECUTE: The content must be deleted and its author should be reported to the authorities.

After giving a couple of minutes to all the participants to vote, we’ll show results in real time, and participants will have the chance to express their opinions about how similar content should be treated and moderated. Also, the facilitators will be giving their opinion about the topic.

At the end, after discussing the 10 cards, there will be time for an open mic where the players will have the chance to ask questions, express their opinion and debate with other participants.

The ideal player

There are no specific requirement to be a player. 鈥淪ocial Media Against Humanity鈥 is a game for EVERYBODY! Curiosity, respect and the willingness to learn and have fun are the only requirements to play this game.

Important information

The purpose of this game is to debate about content moderation online, using fake or real life examples: although we won鈥檛 show any explicit or NSFW material, some content may be difficult to discuss or triggering. However, we encourage you to spread the voice within your friends to join us: diversity is fundamental in this game, we want to know all your ideas!

Any of the posts or themes discussed do not represent the interests or statements of Embajadores de Internet or any other organization. Any views or opinions expressed by the facilitators may not be associated to none of the associations mentioned before.

We are strongly committed to creating a safe and respectful place for everybody: we follow a ZERO TOLERANCE policy against racism, harassment and all sorts of misconduct.

SMAH was played in…

  • Righstcon 2021 (slides)
  • Youth IGF Bangladesh 2021 (slides)
  • Youth LAC IGF 2021 (slides in Spanish)
  • Mozilla Festival 2022 (slides)
  • DCN 2022 (slides in Spanish)

License

Social Media Against Humanity by Embajadores de Internet is licensed under Attribution 4.0 International