UPDATE: The Government published its latest plans for new laws against 'online harms' in February 2020. The proposals are set to be a disaster for freedom of expression and privacy online. Online speech regulations inscribe limitations on the everyday communications of billions of people. This regulation would deputise private companies like Facebook to be the speech police of the internet.
Government has designed the plans not only to deal with crime online, but to explicitly target lawful speech. This is a seriously dangerous direction. We're now working on a report to expose the threats to free speech online - and we're fighting the Government's censorious plans.
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Internet and social media companies are the public squares of the modern day. They have allowed people to communicate, politically organise, expose corruption and wrongdoing, and build new communities on a scale never seen before.
But our online public squares are at risk.
Social media companies are censoring views and deleting accounts haphazardly, often in response to political tides rather than rule breaches, effectively playing judge and jury with our rights.
Meanwhile, the Government is planning to introduce new regulations for social media companies that will force them to monitor and censor social networks more than ever.
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