Recent Developments in Material Support Lawsuits and Regulation of Online Hate Speech

Material Support Lawsuits:

  “The floodgates have opened for lawsuits vs social media sites for supporting terrorist orgs. Latest target: Facebook” – Eric Goldman (@ericgoldman): July 11, 2016

Facebook, Hamas, and Why a New Material Support Suit May Have Legs (July 12, 2016); Another Material Support Suit Against Social Media Companies (June 21, 2016); and Twitter, ISIS, Civil Liability, and Immunity: An Update (May 5, 2016) – Benjamin Wittes (and Zoe Bedell for the July 12th post) at LawFare

Regulation of Online Hate Speech:

Google, Facebook Quietly Move Toward Automatic Blocking of Extremist Videos (June 24, 2016) – Yahoo News

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft Agree to EU Hate Speech Rules (May 31, 2016) – The Verge

European Commission and IT Companies Announce Code of Conduct on Illegal Online Hate Speech (May 31, 2016) – EU Press Release; and the related Code of Conduct (pdf; 3 pages)

Previously: See my prior post (03.07.2016): Pressure for Regulating Online Speech Related to Terrorism