We know the introduction of new speech legislation could impact free speech. But what does that mean in practice? Justitia
, a Danish judicial think tank, has looked into
duration of national legal proceedings of recent hate speech cases in five countries considering passing new laws.
It found that it took between 393 and 1273 days for states to rule on such cases and subsequently warned that:
“When governments impose intermediary liability on private platforms through laws prescribing punishments for non-removal, platforms are essentially required to assess the legality of user content as national authorities.”
China’s Cyberspace Administration
has followed up a significant update to its internet regulation (EiM #95
) with new rules that specify how public individuals and organisations must behave
on social media. The new guidance, which prohibits ‘extreme emotions, plagiarism, cyberbullying, blackmailing’ among other things, is expected to force WeChat and Weibo to increase the size of their moderation teams. The rules come into force on 22 February.