The Special Rapporteur begins with an introduction to the international legal framework, focusing on United Nations treaties and the leading
interpretations of provisions related to what is colloquially called “hate speech”. He then highlights key State obligations and addresses how content moderation by
companies may ensure respect for the human rights of users and the public. He concludes with recommendations for States and companies.

The present report is the sixth in a series of reports published since 2015 in which the Special Rapporteur has addressed the human rights standards applicable to
the freedom of opinion and expression in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

See A/HRC/29/32 , on encryption and anonymity, A/HRC/32/38 , on mapping the impact of the ICT sector on rights, A/HRC/35/22 , on the digital access industry, A/HRC/38/35 , on online content moderation, and A/73/348 , on artificial intelligence and human rights.

Tags: Freedom of expression Hate speech
Publication Date: 09/10/2019