Hate Speech on Social Media Networks: Towards a Regulatory Framework?

Alkiviadou, Natalie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4159-8710 (2019) Hate Speech on Social Media Networks: Towards a Regulatory Framework? Information and Communications Technology Law, 28 (1). pp. 19-35. ISSN 1360-0834

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13600834.2018.1494417


Social networks serve as effective platforms in which users’ ideas can be spread in an easy and efficient manner. However, those ideas can be hateful and harmful, some of which may even amount to hate speech. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have internal regulatory policies in relation to hate speech and have signed a Code of Conduct on the regulation of illegal hate speech with the European Commission. This paper looks at the issue of tackling hate speech on social networks and argues that, notwithstanding the weaknesses of internal policies and their implementation, their existence, as facilitated by the Code of Conduct, serves as a light at the end of the Internet hate tunnel where issues of multiple jurisdictions as well as technological realities, such as mirror sites and more, have resulted in the task of online regulation being more than a daunting one.

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