Category : Digital Freedom Statements
Online harms proposals pose serious risks to freedom of expression
While we recognise the government’s desire to tackle unlawful content online, the proposals mooted in the white paper – including a new duty of care on social media platforms, a regulatory body, and even the fining and banning of social media platforms as a sanction – pose serious risks to freedom of expression online.
Wider definition of harm can be manipulated to restrict media freedom
Index on Censorship welcomes a report by the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee into disinformation and fake news that calls for greater transparency on social media companies’ decision making processes, on who posts political advertising and on use of personal data.
Alex Jones, Infowars and the internet
Index believes that all speech - eccentric, contentious, heretical, unwelcome, provocative and even bigoted - should be protected unless it directly incites violence.