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France’s Constitutional Council Strikes Down Hate-Speech Law

France’s highest constitutional authority struck down the core of the country’s new hate-speech law before it could go into effect, a victory for free-expression advocates in a global debate over how — and whether — to make tech giants more liable for what people say on the Internet. France’s Constitutional Council removed the law’s provisions that would have forced tech companies to pay hefty fines if they failed to remove “manifestly illicit” online posts within 24 hours of being notified.

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Author: Doug Isenberg

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