Working group on accountability regime for social network accounts and their usersWorking group on accountability regime for social network accounts and their users
The only rules on temporary or permanent suspensions and account visibility were developed by platforms, not by public institutions.
Some examples have shown that the moderation of accounts cannot be left to the sole discretion of digital platforms and social networks.
Thus, it is becoming urgent to develop an accountability regime for social network accounts, based on democratic principles, and implemented by public institutions.
Categorization, status and general treatment of accounts on social networks
Reflection on the different types of accounts on social networks and the relevance of a differentiated treatment. A study will be established on the basis of measures already taken by platforms such as verification or labeling of accounts (e.g. state media accounts).
Rights and obligations of account holders and platforms
Propose specific accountability regimes for account holders on social networks and related digital platforms. Establish a regime of protections and sanctions depending on the offences and the type of account.
Define governance principles
Propose a legal architecture for the application of the accountability regime. Provide mechanisms to verify the compliance of platforms with decisions made by democratic institutions.
Members of the steering committee will be announced soon.