Reading Summary- Content Moderation (#6)

Photo from: www.instagramloginguide.com Better Online Living through Content Moderation The author of “Better Online Living through Content Moderation,” Melissa King, describes that the media needs to increase moderation and the ability to customize sites accordingly for the owner of the account. Many people have PTSD, thus unfiltered contents on the internet may cause harm to the person. It would only be fair for there to be more flexibility in preventing what is shown on the internet to limit the chances of having trauma. King first discusses computer-chair psychology and how exposure therapy can be more harmful than helpful. It can “inure an individual to these triggers and lesson the disruptions they can cause,” yet too much exposure may cause the patient to be even more traumatized. She then says that some think that the blocklists cause people to be defamed, however she thinks that blocking one another does not have the ability to “differentiate between the aggressor and their targets.” Online harassment is very dangerous, as people cannot always escape from the situation and cannot control the threats that force them into silence. Sexism is the last section in which King discusses. She says that PTSD is very common for women especially in a patriarchal society; women such as Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian shared their experiences of abuse. The author’s overall thought is that everyone should be able to control what is shown on the internet, and that blocking and modification should be...
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