A new law set to be passed in Poland would fine social media companies $ 2.2 million for censoring legal free speech.
While many Western countries seek to impose heavy fines on Facebook and Twitter for failing to remove “hate” content, Poland is taking a very different approach.
“Under its provisions, social media services will not be allowed to remove content or block accounts if the content they contain does not violate Polish law,” Poland In reports.
“In the event of withdrawal or blocking, a complaint may be sent to the platform, which will have 24 hours to examine it. Within 48 hours of the decision, the user may file a petition with the court for the return of access. The court will review complaints within seven days of receipt and the entire process will be electronic. “
Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro made it clear that the legal initiative was aimed at combating censorship and that it would have no impact on the right of slandered or defamed persons to sue.
“Often the victims of ideological censorship tendencies are also representatives of various groups operating in Poland, whose content is suppressed or blocked, simply because they express opinions and refer to values unacceptable from the point of view of citizens. communities… with a stronger influence on how social media works, ”said Ziobro.
“We realize that this is not an easy subject, we realize that on the Internet there should also be a sphere of guarantees for all those who feel slandered, a sphere of limitation of various contents that may have a negative impact on the freedom of others. “
“But we would like to come up with such tools that will allow both sides to call for a decision by a body that will be able to judge whether the content appearing on a particular social media account actually violates rights. of the person, if it can be eliminated, or if there is censorship. “
This should be the model for all developed countries that value freedom of expression.
In reality, the opposite is true, with the UK for example on the verge of introducing an ‘online safety bill’ which threatens social media platforms with fines of up to $ 24 million for failing to “protect users or remove harmful content.”
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