UK ISPs Get Tiny Safe Harbor For Hate Speech… Why Not Full Safe Harbors?

from the step-it-up dept

We’ve spent plenty of time discussing the importance of Section 230 in properly applying liability, and avoiding situations where angry individuals or organizations sue a third party service provider because they have deeper pockets and are easier to sue. However, most countries don’t have similar safe harbors (or, if they do, they tend to be much more limited). This is really unfortunate and can lead to significant chilling effects. Over in the UK, it looks like they’ve just updated e-commerce regulations to carve out a safe harbor for ISPs… but only related to hate speech. But it makes me wonder why carve out a special exemption for hate speech, and why not set up full safe harbors that say a service provider should not be blamed for the actions of a user?

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