Facebook and Google have a moral duty to stop online abuse

Suzor, Nicolas P. & Wood, Suzannah (2014) Facebook and Google have a moral duty to stop online abuse. The Conversation.

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Abstract

It’s the stuff of nightmares: your intimate images are leaked and posted online by somebody you thought you could trust. But in Australia, victims often have no real legal remedy for this kind of abuse.

This is the key problem of regulating the internet. Often, speech we might consider abusive or offensive isn’t actually illegal. And even when the law technically prohibits something, enforcing it directly against offenders can be difficult. It is a slow and expensive process, and where the offender or the content is overseas, there is virtually nothing victims can do.

Ultimately, punishing intermediaries for content posted by third parties isn’t helpful. But we do need to have a meaningful conversation about how we want our shared online spaces to feel.

The providers of these spaces have a moral, if not legal, obligation to facilitate this conversation.

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ID Code: 85198
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Published online: December 19, 2014
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 09 Jul 2015 00:58
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 00:59

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