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Social Media Cos. Help African Governments Abuse 'Disinformation Laws'

By Rest of the World

November 8, 2021

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Internet users are caught between governments' efforts to regulate online harms and social media platforms, which alternate between ignoring the problem and launching broad crackdowns on user speech. Accountability challenges persist across both contexts. While these challenges are common around the world, both governments and social media platforms face peculiar regulatory challenges in the African context.

The lack of accountability by social media platforms continues to embolden African governments to harm Africa's developing democracies. The measures that will prevent online harms in Africa must be designed beyond traditional governance roles and respect human rights in their processes.

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