Rights-Based Approaches to Online Content
Governments and companies are under increasing pressure to address illegal or undesirable content and expression online, but hasty or poorly crafted solutions threaten human rights. We advocate for policies and practices to defend free expression and access to information and ensure people who are most at risk are protected.
Content governance in times of crisis: how platforms can protect human rights
In situations of armed conflicts and other crises, people use social media and messaging platforms to document human rights abuses or war crimes, access information, mobilize for action, and crowdsource humanitarian assistance.
We offer 26 recommendations on content governance to help lawmakers, regulators, and company leaders make decisions that will safeguard human rights.
Our new report explores what disinformation is, and how lawmakers can address the harms it poses to democracy.
The EU Digital Services Act has finally arrived. We unpack what this law contains and the changes people can expect to see from 2024 onwards.
Critical voices from civil society are being censored. Here’s how the Digital Security Helpline addresses cases related to content governance.
Access Now welcomes the release of BSR’s human rights due diligence findings that expose Meta’s rights-violating actions against people in Palestine.
Elon Musk’s simplistic views of freedom of expression could catapult Twitter from a toxic space to a worse one — especially for those of us tweeting from the margins.
Access Now and a coalition of civil society organizations are sounding the alarm over safety and security issues plaguing Telegram.
Access Now releases “Fighting misinformation and defending free expression during COVID-19: recommendations for states”
We have identified practical examples and promising practices to support policy makers in respecting human rights while developing measures to address disinformation and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
This Access Now report documented cases of how Meta censors Palestinian voices on Facebook and Instagram.
Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices
Meta’s ongoing censorship of Palestine-related content during times of conflict is a systemic issue, not a glitch that needs addressing.
A coalition of international organizations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms
Access Now joins over 70 civil society organizations in urging Meta to abstain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms.
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.
Censorship at the door: India must say no to government fact-checking
The 2023 fact-checking amendment contradicts the right to free speech and expression under Indian and international law.
The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
Today marks three years since Myanmar’s junta seized power in a violent coup. Access Now is calling on the international community to offer resources to resist digital oppression.
A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
Access Now and a coalition of human rights organizations call on the international and business community to resist the digital coup in Myanmar.
No liberty, no safety: Sri Lanka must withdraw the Online Safety Bill
Access Now, Hashtag Generation, and more than 50 organisations, are demanding the Government of Sri Lanka to withdraw the Online Safety Bill.
Open letter to Sri Lankan government: Withdraw Online Safety Bill to protect people’s rights and future
More than fifty Sri Lankan and international organisations are calling on the Sri Lankan government to withdraw the Onine Safety Bill.
The EU must hold VLOPs accountable
U.S. Senator joins civil society’s call: #StopSilencingPalestine
U.S. Senator joins civil society’s call to #StopSilencingPalestine. Meta’s censorship of Palestine-related content must end now.