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Google offers ideas on formulating oversight policies for content-sharing platforms

In a blog post, Google has offered ideas for approaching oversight of content-sharing platforms, which it calls a "shared responsibility" of governments, tech platforms and civil society. The company presented the following ideas to keep in mind while formulating laws that oversee content-sharing platforms: Governments must draw clear lines between legal and illegal speech While content sharing platforms are working to develop and enforce responsible content policies, the onus is on governments to “draw clear lines” between legal and illegal speech. These lines should be drawn based on evidence and should be consistent with democratic accountability and international human rights. Without clear definitions, there is a risk of arbitrary or opaque enforcement that limits access to legitimate information. Different approaches for different platforms and types of content  Different online services have different purposes and laws overseeing online content should keep this in mind. Rules that make sense for content-sharing platforms may not be appropriate for search engines, enterprise services, file storage, communication tools, or other online services, where users have fundamentally different expectations and applications. Different types of content may likewise call for different approaches. Accountability through transparency Meaningful transparency promotes accountability, and can promote best practices, facilitate research, and encourage innovation without enabling abuse of processes. Flexible policies that recognise varying needs and capabilities  While Google and others have "pushed the boundaries of computer science in identifying and removing problematic content at scale", these advances require flexible legal frameworks, not static or one-size-fits-all mandates. Likewise, legal approaches should recognise…

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