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

[ad_1] 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 (via derStandard.at). The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed...

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Europe keeps up the pressure on social media over illegal content takedowns

[ad_1] The European Union’s executive body is continuing to pressure social media firms to get better at removing illegal content from their platforms before it has a chance to spread further online. Currently there is a voluntary Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech across...

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Telegram and Instagram being restricted in Iran

[ad_1] Messaging app Telegram and Facebook-owned social sharing platform Instagram appear to be being blocked in Iran. Iran state TV said yesterday that authorities were temporarily blocking the services to “maintain peace”, according to the AP news agency. The country has seen a rising wave of anti-government...

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Twitter will tell users if content was blocked to comply with local laws or legal demands

[ad_1] Twitter will now display messages to inform users if blocked tweets were withheld to comply with local laws or court orders, which it calls Country Withheld Content (CWC). The public already has information about CWC through notices sent directly to affected accounts, Lumen, a...

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China is deleting posts about a kindergarten allegedly abusing its toddlers

[ad_1] As anger swells around a Chinese kindergarten accused of abusing its toddlers, online discussion about the topic has been systematically deleted. Earlier this week, the RYB Education New World kindergarten in Beijing was accused of feeding drugs to toddlers, and injecting them with unknown substances. Outside...

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Pakistan reportedly blocks Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube amid protest crackdowns

[ad_1] Pakistan has reportedly blocked Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter amid a broader crackdown on protests.  The blockages come after six people died and 200 others were injured after authorities attempted to clear Islamist protests from highways near the capital of Islamabad, according to the Associated Press.  Pakistan...

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In China, smarter censorship sharpens tech giants’ competitive edge

[ad_1] Luzhou, China. Photo credit: Mingwei Li / Unsplash. In a small, bright office filled with books, Huamin Qu gives me a bird’s-eye view of WeChat, arguably China’s most influential app. His screen shows a red pinwheel of nodes that map how content is shared throughout...

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Indonesia wanted to block WhatsApp because people are sending ‘obscene GIFs’

[ad_1] Image: RITCHIE B. TONGO/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockBy Yvette Tan2017-11-07 09:06:10 UTC WhatsApp appears to be the latest social media platform to run afoul of Indonesia's censorship rules. The populous Southeast Asian nation on Monday vowed to block WhatsApp within 48 hours, if it did not ensure that "obscene"...

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