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|The House of Representatives is passing a bill to protect online speech from federal officials. Read more||US||RegulatoryPrivacy|
|UNESCO is launching a National Coalition on Freedom of Expression and Content Moderation in Kenya. Read more||Kenya||RegulatoryHateMisinformation|
|Texas is proposing a bill requiring platforms to protect minors from harmful content and to get parental consent before data collection. Read more||US||RegulatoryChild SafetyPrivacy|
|Singapore is examining a new Code of Practice seeking to remove harmful content from app stores. Read more||Singapore||RegulatoryAdultChild SafetyViolence|
|The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is launching a new short-code aiming at combating fake news. Read more||Nigeria||RegulatoryMisinformation|
|Australian e-safety commissioner is asking TikTok, Twitter and Google to hand over information on handling online child abuse. Read more or even more||AustraliaGoogleTikTokTwitter||RegulatoryChild Safety|
|UK is announcing that content generated by AI chatbots will fall within the Online Safety Bill's scope. Read more||UK||RegulatoryChild SafetyMisinformationSelf-harm|
|Tennessee is examining a bill asking phone manufacturers to track and block harmful content from minors. Read more||US||RegulatoryAdultChild SafetyViolence|
|Arkansas is proposing a new bill requiring ID to access pornographic websites. Read more||US||RegulatoryAdultChild Safety|
|British peers are proposing an amendment to the Online Safety Bill, requiring a greater protection for women online. Read more||UK||RegulatoryHarassment|
|California is attempting for the second time to hold social media liable for addicting child users to their product. Read more||US||RegulatoryChild Safety|
|California is examining a bill targeting fentanyl and firearms sale and harm promotion to children on social media. Read more||US||RegulatoryChild SafetySubstancesViolence|
|France is imposing age verification to block access to pornographic websites for minors from next September. Read more||France||RegulatoryAdultChild Safety|
|The Supreme Court is taking up Section 230 for two cases to be heard in February, involving social media's relationship to terrorist activity. Read more||US||RegulatoryExtremism|
|Japan is creating a new agency to counter fake news and online disinformation. Read more||Japan||RegulatoryMisinformation|
|India is forming three Grievance Appellate Committees to oversee social media content moderation. Read more||India||Regulatory|
|The National Police Agency is adding murder, guns and explosives to contents that can be requested for removal by internet service providers in March. Read more||Japan||RegulatoryViolence|
|EU regulators are warning TikTok must comply with the Digital Services Act rules by next September. Read more||EUTikTok||Regulatory|
|The Supreme Court is asking The Biden administration to weigh in on two content moderation cases. Read more or even more||US||Regulatory|
|CNIL is warning that some age verification methods requiring face scans to access pornographic websites could be used for blackmail. Read more||US||RegulatoryAdultChild Safety|
|An amendment to the Online Safety Bill is calling for tech company executives to be liable for prosecution if failing to protect children online. Read more or even more||UK||RegulatoryChild Safety|
|Louisiana is passing a new law requiring residents to provide proof of their age with an official ID to access pornographic websites. Read more||US||RegulatoryAdultChild Safety|
|China is implementing new rules on generative AI and deepfakes, requiring specific labeling and banning their use for fake news generation. Read more||China||RegulatoryMisinformation|
|The United Nation’s 2022 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is discussing internet fragmentation among democracies vs. driven by authoritarian states. Read more||World||Regulatory|
|In Thailand, a new law is forcing online service providers and social media platforms to take down content within 24 hours without a court order. Read more||Thailand||Regulatory|
|Wikipedia Foundation executives are arguing that the UK's Online Safety Bill would require platforms to monitor all content, which is prohibited in the EU's DSA. Read more||UK||RegulatoryPrivacy|
|Ireland is signing its Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022. Read more||Ireland||Regulatory|
|The UK government is dropping the "legal but harmful" provisions of the Online Safety Bill and adding new duties boosting free speech and increasing accountability of tech firms. Read more or even more||UK||Regulatory|
|Singapore is passing an Online Safety Bill requiring social media sites to block "harmful content" within hours. Read more||Singapore||Regulatory|
|The EU Digital Services Act (DSA) is coming into force, creating new rules to ensure transparency and users protection and rights on online platforms. Read more or even more||EU||Regulatory|
|Australia, Fiji, Ireland and the UK are launching a Global Online Safety Regulators Network paving the way for a coherent international approach to online safety regulation. Read more||AustraliaFijiIrelandUK||Regulatory|
|The French government is creating a Laboratory for Childhood protection Online Charter encouraging knowledge sharing and new initiatives development. Read more||France||RegulatoryChild Safety|
|Vietnam is tightening regulations regarding "false" content on social media platforms so that it is taken down within 24 hours instead of 48 hours. Read more||Vietnam||RegulatoryMisinformation|
|The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) is entering into force, putting an end to unfair practices by companies acting as gatekeepers in the online platform economy. Read more or even more||EU||Regulatory|
|The Indian government is forming a government panel to hear complaints from users about content moderation decisions by social media platforms. Read more||India||Regulatory|
|The EU Council is giving final approval to the Digital Services Act (DSA). Read more||EU||Regulatory|
|Singapore is introducing a bill into Parliament to fight egregious and harmful online content. Read more||Singapore||RegulatoryAdultChild SafetyExtremismSelf-harm|
|California is requiring platforms to report how they moderate hate speech, extremism, harassment and other objectionable behaviors. Read more||US||RegulatoryExtremismHarassmentHate|
|Indonesia is blocking access to various online platforms such as PayPal, Steam and Yahoo after they failed to comply with a regulatory deadline. Read more||Indonesia||Regulatory|
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