(Application Programming Interface) 5 ways in which APIs are the building blocks of a safer, less hateful internet (Kenneth Kwok, WEF)

Harmful content and misinformation is everywhere around us on search engines, social networks and streaming services. The proliferation of written, visual and audio material on the internet has led to important questions on how to reduce and eliminate the spread of harmful information.

As COVID-19 has demonstrated, given how information influences decisions and incites actions, it is now more essential than ever to make progress, both within the industry and in regulatory terms, regarding digital content safety. Stakeholders are increasingly turning to the Application Programming Interface (“API”) economy for solutions to categorize, detect, report and govern content across social networks; to assign responsibility for third-party content through search engines; and to address exposure to harmful content from internet companies.