A new report by the Danish think tank Justitia calls for embedding content moderation in an international human rights framework to ensure common international standards. Yet, critics warn that this voluntary approach is too weak to tackle the ‘Infodemic’.
In the report, Justitia says the legislative measures taken in Germany, Denmark or Austria to counter hate speech would lead to a “regulatory race to the bottom” and result in widespread over-blocking – the removal of legit and unharmful content.
Instead, companies should base their content moderation practices on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which has established a framework for restrictions of freedom of speech in cases of hate speech or misinformation.
Read the full coverage of our latest report A Framework of First Reference in this Euractive article.