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International Rules for Social Media
Safeguarding human rights, combating disinformation

Matthias C. Kettemann
March 2019; 4 pages


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With only a few weeks left before the elections to the European Parliament, there is widespread concern about the impact of online disinformation campaigns and hate speech. Various initiatives at the European and global level seek to curb the distribution of false and defamatory information through the establishment of new normative and regulative frameworks. In this paper, Matthias C. Kettemann looks at the strengths and weaknesses of these initiatives from an international law perspective. In his conclusion, he proposes five guidelines for combating disinformation without compromising on human rights.

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