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Responding to disinformation should not trample on human rights

From France, to Australia, and back to the United States, there is a growing popular consensus that the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, whether through platforms or apps, has significant real-world impact. To address the problem we need to leave behind grand “solutions” that will interfere with human rights and instead focus on discrete shifts in law and policy that tackle the underlying causes instead of the symptoms. To prevent entrenching inequality and discrimination and promoting censorship, laws and policies must reflect and promote international human rights law.

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