Tech & Rights

We Call On EU Policy Makers To Protect Free Speech When Voting On DSA

​The crucial vote on the Digital Services Act is scheduled for 13-14 December in the European Parliament. We want EU decision-makers to put the rights of internet users first by protecting free speech and rejecting internet censorship.

by LibertiesEU

The crucial vote on the Digital Services Act is scheduled for 13-14 December in the European Parliament, when the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) votes on the compromised amendments shaping the Parliament's position on DSA.

What we want

We want EU decision-makers to put the rights of internet users first by protecting free speech and rejecting internet censorship.

Therefore we ask the Members of the European Parliament to vote on 13 December for a DSA that protects human rights, specifically, our rights to free speech and to privacy:

1. Reject mandatory upload filters. Upload filters and AI for content moderation or blocking should not be mandatory. Upload filters don't understand the context of the content, they are unable to detect parody or satire, and they easily misidentify illegal content.

2. Content removal: Authorise independent courts, not the local police. Independent courts should have the final word about content removal, not biased authorities. Platforms should not be in charge of deciding what is illegal or legal. We need safeguards that prevent privatized censorship.

3. Safeguard the anonymous use of the internet. Victims of domestic violence, marginalized groups, and members of LGBTQIA+ communities all need protection to communicate freely and seek help anonymously.

How you can help

We ask you to join our Twitter storm by posting or simply re-tweeting the tweets below targeting members of the IMCO committee. They are politicians in the European Parliament and will vote on the law on 13 December about the proposals mentioned above.

We encourage everyone to tweet at least one tweet on Thursday (9 December), Friday (10 December) and Monday (13 December) between 9 am and 3 pm CET to make these tweets trending and to make these politicians react. Use campaign hashtags: #DSA #DSAForFreeSpeech

Let's make some noise!

========Tweet01-02/Thursday========

📢 #Uploadfilters don’t work, neither legally nor practically.

👉 We ask #IMCO to vote for #humanrights safeguards & to reject mandated #uploadfilters and to monitoring of users in the #DSA.

#DSAForFreeSpeech

Re-share 👉 https://twitter.com/LibertiesEU/status/1468854088897081347

🚨#BigTech & platforms should not be in charge of deciding what is legal/illegal online.

👉We ask IMCO to vote for safeguards that prevent privatized #Censorship.

📢Protect #FreeSpeech in the #DSA.

#DSAForFreeSpeech

Re-share 👉 https://twitter.com/LibertiesEU/status/1468854364219625474

========Tweet03/Friday========

We ask #IMCO members to vote for human rights safeguards in the #DSA.

✅Independent courts should decide about online content & safeguard access to information

❌Non-judicial authorities should have no access to users’ sensitive data

#DSAForFreeSpeech

(Follow @LibertiesEU for tweet link.)

========Tweet04/Monday========

🤖#AI often fails to understand the context of online content.

🚨Mandated proactive measures to detect & identify allegedly illegal content are a threat to free speech.

👉We ask IMCO to vote to protect #FreeSpeech in the #DSA.

#DSAForFreeSpeech

(Follow @LibertiesEU for tweet link.)

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