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Human Rights Organisations Urge Ministers to Reconsider Proposed EU Terrorist Content Rules, Citing Threats to Free Expression

Ahead of this week’s meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, CDT and thirty-two European and international human and digital rights organisations and experts call on Ministers to reconsider or significantly redraft the proposed ‘Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online’. In a joint letter, we warn that the proposal will harm free speech, journalism, and access to information.

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CDT, Coalition Urge Internet Platforms to Provide More Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation

CDT and a coalition of civil society and academic representatives are releasing “The Santa Clara Principles”, a statement outlining minimum standards for the information tech companies to share about their content moderation practices. CDT and the coalition urge companies to adopt these principles and offer meaningful transparency when reporting on practices that impact user free expression.

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CDT Opposes Latest Threat to Hosts of Online Content

The House Rules Committee has announced that it will consider the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 on Monday, February 26, allowing the bill to be voted on as early as next week. The House bill would substantially expand the legal risk involved in hosting individuals’ speech online, result in broad-based censorship, and discourage some platforms from engaging in good-faith moderation efforts.

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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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