“Moderated”; How Facebook and YouTube Recreate the Meaning of the Societal Public Square

College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Journalism Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Journalism



Primary Advisor

Tony Prado, College of Liberal Arts, Journalism Department


This study investigates the prevalence of content moderation systems on digital intermediaries and the influence those systems have on the spread of information. It primarily analyzes the content moderation systems of Facebook and YouTube. Since Facebook and YouTube are two of the most used online platforms in the world, the way content is shared and viewed can have implications towards a person’s perspective on a subject. Social media and online intermediaries are growing as people’s source of news, so the primary way people view news in the near future will most likely be from intermediaries such as Facebook or YouTube. This study investigates the reasoning, purpose, and potential impacts that a content moderation system of a digital intermediary can have on society.

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