Increasingly, businesses, organizations, and even individuals use content moderation services to pre-screen internet content.
The use of artificial intelligence to detect threats is expected to increase, according to experts, but may the technology overlook “implicit” meanings?
When putting anything online for public consumption, Chinese businesses, government agencies, and celebrities risk getting into trouble in a variety of ways.
As many incidents in recent years have shown, there may be repercussions for publishing a map that inaccurately depicts Beijing’s South China Sea claims, including an unintentionally embarrassed official in a photograph, or even hinting to a secret political taboo.
Beijing’s internet censorship authority has the power to punish offenders with severe fines and the sudden partial suspension of a firm. An internet slip-up may terminate a career for musicians, movie stars, and television personalities.
To make things worse, irate internet users may boycott alleged violators. Nationalistic groups and even corporate rivals aiming to sink a competitor patrol the internet community as well.
Due to the circumstances, content moderation with Chinese features has emerged, with several data firms ready to review information before it enters the public domain.
The Communist Party’s official newspaper, People’s Daily, is also trying to sell its knowledge to businesses looking to reduce political risks. It is probably best positioned to recognize Beijing’s changing and sometimes ambiguous red lines.