Another of our aim was to gain an in-depth understanding of social media platforms - their structure, the way they operate, their biases - and to try to provide frameworks to ensure that these organizations be more accountable.
Other questions concerned the role of social media platforms after the Cambridge Analytica scandal: could advertising be deployed transparently and not invade users’ privacy? What is the function of social media platforms in times of election? The role of the T3 Commission was thus to take a step back, and identify evidence to describe the potential harms caused by our new information system, in order to help dissipate this general sense of confusion, but also to avoid the dangers of overreaction. For instance, the urge to moderate content is confronted with the importance of protecting freedom of speech. There is indeed always a risk that certain voices be silenced, when it is essential that everyone take part in public discussions, especially in times of political change.