Europes top court sets new line on policing illegal speech online

Europe’s top court has set a new line for the policing of illegal speech online. The ruling has implications for how speech is regulated on online platforms — and is likely to feed into wider planned reform of regional rules governing platforms’ liabilities. Per the CJEU decision, platforms such as Facebook can be instructed to hunt for and remove illegal speech worldwide — including speech that’s “equivalent” to content already judged illegal. Although any such takedowns remain within the framework of “relevant international law”. So in practice it does not that mean a court order issued in one EU country will get universally applied in all jurisdictions as there’s no international agreement on what constitutes unlawful speech or even more …

Europe urges Mike Pompeo and US to show restraint towards Iran

Jeremy Hunt warns of conflict erupting in the Gulf by accident after Saudi ships sabotaged The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has been urged by European leaders to show maximum restraint towards Iran after Saudi Arabia confirmed that Map of the Gulf of Oman where two Saudi tankers were sabotaged Tensions have been spiralling for weeks as the US adopts a policy of maximum pressure on Iran, including ending all waivers for Iranian oil exports and blocking cooperation on Irans civil nuclear programme. It has sent an aircraft carrier to the region, but the US special representative on Iran, Brian Hook, declined to say if Iran was responsible for the attack on the Saudi oil ships. The British foreign …