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Moderating online content: fighting harm or silencing dissent?
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These companies often face critical human rights dilemmas: aggressively combating what is viewed as harmful content risks silencing ‘protected speech’: speech that, under international law, should be permitted. Intervening with or removing content affects the rights to freedom of expression and priv
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  • These companies often face critical human rights dilemmas: aggressively combating what is viewed as harmful content risks silencing ‘protected speech’: speech that, under international law, should be permitted.
  • Intervening with or removing content affects the rights to freedom of expression and privacy, and can easily lead to censorship.
  • “Additionally, some governments see this legislation as a way to limit speech they dislike and even silence civil society or other critics.”
  • many governments have started to regulate online content. Some 40 new social media laws have been adopted worldwide in the last two years. Another 30 are under consideration.
  • the draft Online Safety Bill, which was tabled in May, would make provisions that are likely to lead to the removal of significant amounts of protected speech.

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