Dejan Vučetić, Gala Bončić, Petar Pešić

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This paper focuses on the research of the normative framework concerning the liability for extreme forms of speech on social media networks as a new form of the internet intermediaries. The main hypothesis elaborated in the paper is that current international and national legal systems do not recognize the specificities of social media networks as a new type of internet intermediaries. Thus, there is a need for new regulations that will preserve the role of social media as an important forum for debating numerous issues of public importance and prevent a possible chilling effect caused by inobservance of human rights in the social media terms of service. In order to address to the raised questions, the authors analyzed numerous international and national legal documents as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the US Supreme Court and decisions of national courts related to social media networks.


extreme speech, freedom of expression, social media, liability of internet intermediaries

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