freedom of speech

ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech

Austria's Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook's responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe's top court for an opinion. The case has clear implications

YouTube is now taking down more videos of known extremists — in major policy change

A spokeswoman told us YouTube has broadened its policy for taking down extremist content: Not just removing videos that directly preach hate or seek to incite violence but also removing other videos o

Germany’s social media hate speech law is now in effect

A new law has come into force in Germany aimed at regulating social media platforms to ensure they remove hate speech within set periods of receiving complaints -- within 24 hours in straightforward c

Tech giants pressured to auto-flag “illegal” content in Europe

Social media giants have again been put on notice that they need to do more to speed up removals of hate speech and other illegal content from their platforms in the European Union. The bloc’s e

Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia to “comply with local laws”

Snap has bowed to pressure from the government of Saudi Arabia to censor a news channel operated by the Qatar-based news broadcaster, Al Jazeera, from the Snapchat Discover section of its app.

Run to the rock

The past week has been a tough one for lovers of freedom. Slippery slopes have been slid down and a side of the human mind that once remained in shadow has reared its head. Charlottesville is just the

Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family

A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country's royal family on Facebook. Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10

Social media giants making progress on illegal hate speech takedowns: EC

The European Commission is trumpeting what it dubs "significant progress" on hate speech takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft vs their performance six months prior. Though it also cau

Facebook must remove hate speech posts, Austrian court rules

More bad news for Facebook on the content front: An Austrian court has ruled the company must remove posts deemed to be hate speech, Reuters reports. The case was brought last year by Austria's Green

German cabinet backs €50M hate speech fines for social media firms

The German cabinet has backed proposals to hit social media firms with fines of up to €50 million if they fail to promptly remove illegal hate speech from their platforms -- within 24 hours after a

UN agrees to adopt expanded resolution on online speech rights

A vote today by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to affirm an expanded resolution on online rights. Russia and China had tabled several amendments to the text but these were

India’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Internet Censorship Law

Today is a good day for freedom of speech in India. The country's Supreme Court voted against a law that leaves citizens facing jail for content they post online.

The Federated Web Should Be Easier Than It Sounds

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