"Social media platforms have become the “digital town squares” of our time,
enabling communication and the exchange of ideas on a global scale. However,
the unregulated nature of these platforms has allowed the proliferation of
harmful content such as misinformation, disinformation and hate speech.
Regulating the online world has proven difficult, but one promising avenue is
suggested by the European Union’s Digital Services Act, passed in November
2022. This legislation mandates “trusted flaggers” to identify certain kinds of
problematic content to platforms, who must then remove it within 24 hours.
Will it work, given the fast pace and complex viral dynamics of social media
environments? To find out, we modelled the effect of the new rule, in research
published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Our results show this approach can indeed reduce the spread of harmful content.
We also suggest some insights into how the rules can be implemented in the most
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics