periscope to institute moderation by jury of peers

Editor’s note: This is an interesting development, given the struggles mentioned by various folks in the clothes free / naturist / nudist community. Many have expressed frustration regarding Facebook’s and Instagram’s inconsistent and narrow policies concerning nudity, noting the many times they have been banned from the platforms. The idea of instituting moderation through a jury of peers provides a different approach.

For those who have stepped into the land of Periscope, there is the concern about comments from the crowd, especially for the clothes free community. I have seen some inappropriate abusive comments from Periscope users even on a Periscope cast. Although there are already some measures in Periscope to address commenting, this new feature sounds like another interesting option.

Rather going by a small and distant group’s opinions from the top, those directly connected with the context and material get to make the call. Of course, there is a hope that the majority of those watching, say, a naturist live cast, are actually those who get the non sexual approach to nudity. Otherwise, if the audience skews mostly towards those who think similarly to the trolls, then a different mechanism for comment control might be better.

From the article:

Are you being a trolling slimeball on Periscope?

Get ready to face a flash mob jury of your peers who can shut you down in a matter of seconds.

Periscope, Twitter’s livestreaming app, on Tuesday announced that it was handing over comment moderation to users.

This is a marked break from the status quo, where platforms such as Twitter and Facebook take it upon themselves to be comment cops, determining what content breaks their policies. They have “report” buttons, but the platform’s moderation process can take a while.

Besides the time lag, Periscope says, the people best suited to deem whether somebody’s out of line are those in the conversation.

From the announcement:

People in a broadcast are best suited to determine what’s okay and what’s not. Context matters  –  for example, a comment that might be okay in a comedy broadcast might not be okay somewhere else.

Read full article: Naked Security

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