Business & Human Rights

  • TikTok Removes 380,000 Videos in US for Violating Hate Speech Policy

    August 24, 2020

    Since the beginning of 2020, in keeping with the company's hate speech policy focusing on the removal of speech considered to be race-based harassment or promoting hate group organization, TikTok has removed 380,000 videos and banned 1,300 accounts.

  • China's National Security Law Impacts American University Classrooms

    August 24, 2020

    In order to warn and protect non-U.S. Chinese students subject to China's new National Security Law prosecuting citizens for sedition or collusion with a foreign power, several American Universities, like Harvard and Yale, have added warnings to course materials that Chinese government may consider to be politically sensitive. 

  • Facebook Pulls Millions of Posts in Hate Speech Purge

    August 18, 2020

    After several prominent companies suspended advertising on Facebook in a new "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign, Facebook has pulled 22.5 million posts it classified as hate speech between April and June as per the latest findings published in its transparency report.

  • UK Appeals Court Finds Facial Recognition Software Unlawful

    August 15, 2020

    The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has overturned the High Court’s 2019 dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police use of Automated Facial Recognition (“AFR”) technology, finding that its use was unlawful and violated the human right to respect for private and family life.

  • Leetaru: Censoring Political Speech Reminiscent of Earlier Hollywood Censorship Standards

    August 10, 2020

    Writing in Politico, Kalev Leetaru comments how, reminiscent of Hollywood movie morality code censorship in the 1930’s and 40’s, evolving and ambiguous online speech policies are forcing politicians to self-censor or risk deletion by social media gatekeepers..

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