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Hate Speech and the current role of participative platforms

The Swiss perspective

  • Autor/Autorin: Ryan Vannin
  • Beitragsart: Internetrecht
  • Region: Schweiz
  • Rechtsgebiete: Internetrecht
  • DOI: 10.38023/09afad62-8c69-4c47-9a8a-ce4e906a2047
  • Zitiervorschlag: Ryan Vannin, Hate Speech and the current role of participative platforms, in: Jusletter IT 30. September 2020
The language of hatred is a complex phenomenon, which still does not know a universally recognized definition. There are also obstacles in identifying and prosecuting those who publish and disseminate hate content, especially because Internet giants such as Facebook and Twitter benefit from a certain legislative immunity and mostly operate in a self-regulated environment. The Swiss legislator, so far, opted for a collaborative approach, where law enforcement authorities involve the platforms only in case of anonymity of the perpetrator or when the published content is deemed illegal and has to be blocked or removed. The intention is to describe the role played by participative platforms and the current legal perspective in Switzerland in combating Hate Speech.

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