The Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation

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The Santa Clara Principles offer guidance to internet platforms on how to provide users with meaningful due process when their posts are taken down or their accounts are suspended, and to help ensure that the enforcement of company content guidelines is fair, unbiased, and respectful of users’ free expression rights. The three principles urge companies to:

  • Publish the numbers of posts removed and accounts permanently or temporarily suspended due to violations of their content guidelines;

  • Provide clear notice to all users about what types of content are prohibited, and clear notice to each affected user about the reason for the removal of their content or the suspension of their account; and

  • Enable users to engage in a meaningful and timely appeals process for any content removals or account suspensions.

The Santa Clara Principles