Working group on accountability regime for social network accounts and their usersWorking group on accountability regime for social network accounts and their users
The classic law on freedom of expression (with regard to reasonable restrictions such as defamation and insult, hate speech and apology for crimes against humanity) is not adapted to accounts on social networks, because if it allows in principle to rule on content, it does not provide effective guarantees regarding the treatment of the accounts themselves (responsibilities, sanctions, etc.)
The only rules on temporary or permanent suspensions and account visibility were developed by platforms, not by public institutions. Some examples have shown that the moderation of accounts cannot be left to the sole discretion of digital platforms and social networks.
Thus, it is becoming urgent to develop an accountability regime for social network accounts, based on democratic principles, and implemented by public institutions.
Categorization, status and general treatment of accounts on social networks
Reflection on the different types of accounts on social networks and the relevance of a differentiated treatment. A study will be established on the basis of measures already taken by platforms such as verification or labeling of accounts (e.g. state media accounts).
Rights and obligations of account holders and platforms
Propose specific accountability regimes for account holders on social networks and related digital platforms. Establish a regime of protections and sanctions depending on the offences and the type of account.
Define governance principles
Propose a legal architecture for the application of the accountability regime. Provide mechanisms to verify the compliance of platforms with decisions made by democratic institutions.
Members of the steering committee will be announced soon.
October to November 2020
December 2021 to February 2022
March to April 2022
Processing of the contributions and drafting of the report under the guidance of the steering committee.
Publication of the report.