Internet providers call for personal responsibility in defamation laws

Internet titans claim they “should not be forced to police the internet”

19th February, 2017
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald

American tech multinationals Yahoo and Google have responded to a call by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald for submissions on reforming Ireland’s defamation laws.

In written submissions, the internet titans strongly urge that liability for defamatory material online must fall on individual internet users rather than hosts or “intermediaries” who, in Google’s words, “should not be forced to police the internet”.

Yahoo has called for a statutory...

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