Poland has declared it will fine social media giants $2.2 million if they unconstitutionally censor free speech.
The new law looks to be passed very soon that should send a warning message to Facebook and Twitter — the leaders in social content — and a signal to the rest of the world to stand up for their constitutional rights of free speech.
According to the report: “Social media services will not be allowed to remove content or block accounts if the content on them does not break Polish law.”
It’s a bold move by the eastern European country that has had its fair share of prejudice for ‘speaking out’.
The report also states: “In the event of removal or blockage, a complaint can be sent to the platform, which will have 24 hours to consider it.
“Within 48 hours of the decision, the user will be able to file a petition to the court for the return of access. The court will consider complaints within seven days of receipt, and the entire process is to be electronic.”
“Legal initiative was designed to fight censorship” – Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro
Vox Post says:
More countries should adopt Poland’s stance. Social media giants and other platforms should not be complying with these laws. Instead, they should be upholding their country’s constitution.