UN Special Rapporteur report on content regulation

Medianama’s UN Rapporteur: Human rights central to content regulation notes the publication of UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye’s latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, the 2018 thematic report to the Human Rights Council on content regulation. The report is the first to examine the regulation of user-general online content, as it makes recommendations for both states and companies, particularly about fake news, disinformation, and online extremism. Global Partners Digital has highlighted three points among others:

  • First, the clear assertion that states must ensure that the legal and policy framework ensures an enabling environment for freedom of expression online
  • Second, the report calls for online platforms to use international human rights law and standards as the basis for developing and implementing their content standards.
  • Third, the report’s call for greater means for users to appeal and obtain remedies for wrongful decisions, as well as public accountability