The problem with sex in social media

Sexual content is moderated on most social media platforms. At the same time, the diverse shapes that sexual content takes and the multiple roles that sexuality plays in the everyday lives of social media users mean that this no simple issue.

Our seminar brings together an international group of experts to address the different stakes involved in publishing and moderating sexual content in social media. Speakers include a representative of Facebook, a scholar exploring sexual cultures in social media, and a public health expert. Moving from the overall rationale of social media community standards to the perceived value of sexual communication and questions connected to sexual rights, we ask why, how and where sex poses a problem and what social consequences all this entails.

Friday, 4 December 2020, 14-16 pm, EET

Christine Grahn: How community standards work
Grahn is Facebook’ Public policy manager, Finland, since almost 6 years. Before that, she worked in the Swedish Government Offices, as well as the European Parliament

Katrin Tiidenberg: Sex and platform power
Tiidenberg is a social media researcher working at the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University in Estonia. Her most recent books include Sex and Social Media (written with Emily van der Nagel) and Metaphors of Internet (edited with Annette Markham).

Nalubega Ross: Sexual Rights and Digital Intimacies: A proposed framework for intimate exchanges online
Nalubega Ross is a researcher at Arizona State University studying the multiple contexts in which refugees have to learn about sex and how this affects sexual and reproductive lives.