A slow-motion fiasco over whether a right-wing commentator violated YouTube’s harassment and hate speech policies illustrates how different platforms struggle to resolve disputes about what they allow on their services.
Evelyn Douek is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, studying international and transnational regulation of online speech. Before coming to Harvard to complete a Master of Laws, Evelyn clerked for the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon. Justice Susan Kiefel, and worked as a corporate litigator. She received her LL.B. from UNSW Sydney, where she was Executive Editor of the UNSW Law Journal.
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The French report is a cautious survey of how to manage government regulation of speech in the new platform era, while the Christchurch Call is a high-level pledge to prevent the abuse of an open internet.
The post-Christchurch law creates new offenses and liability, including imprisonment and huge fines for failing to take down violent content. But it is riddled with ambiguities.
A look at Facebook’s content moderation appeals body.
The Supreme Court of Facebook is about to become a reality.
By providing concrete recommendations and clear forewarning of upcoming pressure-points, the report leaves no room for doubt that Facebook has a lot of work to do.
Recent reporting on how the Myanmar military harnessed Facebook to disseminate anti-Rohingya propaganda complicates the ongoing debate about Facebook’s role in facilitating atrocities.