quarta-feira, julho 08, 2020

Internet platforms may not censor their users’ accounts

The blocking of users’ accounts on the internet by companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter has been lately reported on the daily news.
The cancelations are carried out by such platforms based upon their own unilateral decisions.
Their excuse for doing so is based on their argument that the internaut has accepted to abide by the rules of their terms of use and access to the services provided by them.
However, it is our view that these provisions may not be applicable to bar the opinions expressed by their users. In other words, to censor their contents.
Freedom of expression, freedom of opinion in any democratic country is legally or constitutionaly protected. This is so under the Brazilian Constitution. As well as under the First Amendment of the USA Constitution.
Individual users of such services in Brazil,  and certainly in other democratic countries, are so entitled to go to court to claim for punitive damages and the restablishment of their internet accounts.