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Who Is Responsible for Stopping Live-Streamed Crimes?

NBC: Social media companies can do better by clearly highlighting “report abuse” buttons and by training their employees very clearly on a protocol when things like crimes are flagged, said Emma Llansó, director of the Free Expression project at the Center for Democracy and Technology. But that system only works if users use those functions and actually flag, she said.

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Airbnb's legal argument: Don't hold us accountable for the actions of our hosts

Airbnb filed a lawsuit on Monday against its home city of San Francisco, alleging a new ordinance that would fine short-term rental firms for not proactively removing unregistered property listings from their websites and apps violates the Communications Decency Act. The CDA is the reason web forums, review sites and social media companies can exist without fear of being sued for what their users post, according to Gautam Hans.

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Quinn: White House asks Silicon Valley for terrorism help

Mercury News: “It sounds like there is a strong focus on counter-messaging, and that’s a good thing,” said Emma Llanso, director of the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Free Expression Project. “What’s not clear is whether the government is also talking about content censorship. That would raise big concerns.

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Coalition Calls on Congress to Protect Free Expression Rights Online

Today, a coalition of advocacy organizations, technology and media trade groups, and legal scholars joined together to urge Congress to protect free expression online and reject legislation that would make potential criminals of most online content platforms. With the passage of the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act in the House and counterpart bills anticipated in the…

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