Hate Speech

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Social Links: Google penalizes sites with pop-up ads; proposed Federal legislation to criminalize revenge porn; ad industry group...

Google is cracking down on mobile pop-up ads by knocking down the search-result position of websites that use them. The National Labor Relations Board decided a social media policy that Chipotle had in place for its...more

Updating the AVMS Directive: making VoD services pay?

Our latest client alert on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy sets out some of the key aspects of the most recent proposal from the Commission relating to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new guidance for boards of directors on business and human...more

Social Links: The rise of social news; how technology hijacks our attention; are websites a dying business?

In a fascinating, must-read article, a Google design ethicist explains the techniques that engineers and entrepreneurs employ to keep us hooked on the web. A majority of U.S. adults—62%—now get their news on social...more

NLRB Judge Orders Reinstatement Of Employee Who Made Racist Taunts Toward African-Americans

The National Labor Relations Board promotes itself as a government agency that “safeguards employees’ rights,” but you would not know it from a recent ruling upholding racist statements made by union supporters on a picket...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Employer to High Standard for Responding to Anonymous Workplace Harassment

Employers and employees often face frustrations when trying to determine the identity of persons who engage in anonymous acts of harassment in the workplace. These acts can involve notes, graffiti, telephone messages or other...more

NLRB Rules that Racism is a Protected Activity

Although no one reading this article would disagree with the premise that employers cannot and should not tolerate bigotry from anyone in their workforce, the NLRB apparently thinks otherwise. In a troubling decision handed...more

Facebook Revamps Community Guidelines By Cracking Down on Hate Speech, Graphic Violence and Nudity

Sensitive to the expanding diversity of the online community, the world’s largest social network has taken a step to curb highly contentious postings....more

Teach Appropriate Speech - Or risk liability for employees' derogatory on-line comments about customers

Recent District of Hawaii decision suggests social media policies are more important than ever, despite NLRB’s dramatic limits on employers’ ability to police employee speech on the Internet - Howard v. Hertz -...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #12

..Unfree speech? In the United States, the First Amendment would likely prevent the prosecution of someone who posted racist or anti-Semitic messages on a social media platform. But social media platforms operate worldwide,...more

The Road to True Threats is Paved with Intimidating Intentions

Recently, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the dividing line between free speech guarantees and the state’s authority to criminalize threat speech. In United States v. Heineman, the court held that the government...more

Federal Hate Speech Prohibition Has Nine Lives

On January 31, 2014, the Federal Court of Appeal held in Lemire v Canadian Human Rights Commission that the hate speech prohibition in the Canadian Human Rights Act is constitutional. This decision comes on the heels of the...more

Hate Speech Provision of the Federal Human Rights Act Repealed

On July 26, 2013, Bill C-304, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (Protecting Freedom) passed the Senate and received Royal Assent. The Act repeals section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which made hate...more

Whatcott: Canadian Hate Speech Laws Live to Fight Another Day

The Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decision in Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v Whatcott today (they are all “much-anticipated” but this decision was on reserve for 16 months, a long time for the...more

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