Sri Lanka temporarily blocks access to Facebook for not doing enough in combatting hate speech on their platforms

March 8, 2018

On March 8, 2018, the government of Sri Lanka ordered ISPs to temporarily block access to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram "because they were spreading hate speeches and amplifying them" as violent protests occurred in the country, according to a government spokesperson.

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German government considers change to anti-hate speech law NetzDG to add safeguards against removal of legal content

March 8, 2018

On March 8, 2018, it was reported that the new German government was looking to revise NetzDG, the law passed in June 2017 and enforced since October 1, 2017, which requires companies to remove "obviously illegal" hate speech content within 24 hours of posting or face a fine up to 50 million euros.


South African Parliament passes anti-harmful content bill, despite concerns over data protection and freedom of speech

March 6, 2018

On March 6, 2018, the South African National Assembly passed the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, which intends to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful content online, tackle "revenge porn" and hate speech.

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The German Bundesgerichtshof applies the latest CJEU case law on liability for linking to search engines

March 6, 2018

In this decision, the Bundesgerichtshof (“BGH”) applies the latest CJEU case law on liability for linking, namely Svensson(C-466/12), GS Media (C-160/15), Filmspeler (C-527/15) and BREIN/Ziggo(C-610/15) to search engines and in particular to Google’s picture search. Read more at Kluwer Copyright...