September 3, 2018 / 8:20 AM / 2 months ago

Facebook definition of "terrorism" helps states mute dissent - UN expert

GENEVA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Facebook needs to narrow its “sweeping” definition of terrorism to stop governments arbitrarily blocking legitimate opposition groups and dissenting voices, a U.N. Human Rights Council independent expert said in a statement on Monday.

“The use of overly broad and imprecise definitions as the basis for regulating access to and the use of Facebook’s platform may lead to discriminatory implementation, over-censoring and arbitrary denial of access to and use of Facebook’s services,” said Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, U.N. special rapporteur on protecting rights while countering terrorism. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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