The German NetzDG: A Risk Worth Taking?

While the NetzDG is unlikely to resolve all challenges surrounding social media and freedom of expression, and undoubtedly presents a certain risk of stifling expression online, I believe it is nonetheless a significant step in the right direction. Rather than undermine freedom of expression, it promises to contribute to more inclusive debates by giving the loud and radical voices less prominence. In any case, it appears reasonable to let this regulatory experiment play out and observe whether fears over a ‘chilling effect’ on free expression are borne out by the evidence.

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The Hierarchy of Hate: Mixed Signals in the Combat against Hate Speech

There is a number of varying thresholds to free speech regulation set out by relevant legal tools which can do nothing but confuse countries. Moreover, anti-hate speech legislation developed on an international and European level is marred by what I refer to as the hierarchy of hate, namely the arbitrary focus on particular types of hate speech, such as racist speech, and the simultaneous disregard for other genres such as homophobic speech.

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Das BVerfG verpasst der "Facebook-Zensur" aber so was von überhaupt nicht einen Dämpfer

Hat das Bundesverfassungsgericht auf seinem Sommerfeldzug für die Meinungsfreiheit Position gegen die Regulierung von Hate Speech im Internet bezogen? Jawohl, behauptet die Publizistin Bettina Röhl und vereinnahmt eine der Entscheidungen, mit denen die 3. Kammer des Ersten Senats in den letzten Tagen den Schutzbereich des Art. 5 Grundgesetz verteidigt, als Kassation jenes "allgemeinen Zensurungeist(s) der politischen Korrektheit", gegen den die Neue Rechte seit langem zu den Waffen ruft. Ich glaube, da hat Frau Röhl was missverstanden.

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