Austrian Supreme Court submits questions to the CJEU regarding the obligations of Facebook as a host provider

February 23, 2018

In a recent case regarding defamatory comments on Facebook the Austrian Supreme Court was faced with the issue, to what extent is Facebook obligated to remove defamatory content posted by its users.

The plaintiff, Ms Glawischnig-Piesczek - former leader of the Green Party in Austria, requested that...

Russian telecommunications regulator threatens to block access to YouTube and Instagram if they do not remove content related to Russian businessman

February 10, 2018

On February 10, 2018, Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor required YouTube and Instagram to remove content related to Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska or face a block on Russian ISPs.

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Chinese regulator warns major internet companies about inadequate moderation of obscene content

February 7, 2018

On February 7, 2018, it was reported that the Chinese regulator combating the spread of vulgar and obscene content online criticized major Chinese internet companies Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu for failing to adequately moderate "harmful" information.

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Russia: 500 websites blocked since simplified procedure came into force in late 2017

February 4, 2018

On February 4, 2018, it was reported that Russia's Deputy Minister of Communications Alexei Volin announced that since the entry into force in October 2017 of a law introducing a simplified procedure to remove mirrors of banned websites, access to more than 500 websites was blocked.

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