Content Regulation in the European Union: The Digital Services Act


Antje von Ungern-Sternberg; Florence G'Sell; Ruth Janal; Lea Katharina Kumkar; Martin Steinebach; Mattias Wendel

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Illegal and (lawful, but) harmful content – most notably hate speech and fake news, but also violent videos, copyright infringement, or child pornography – is a crucial problem on digital platforms like Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter. The EU’s 2022 Digital Services Act aims at tackling this problem by introducing an updated horizontal framework for all categories of content and activities on intermediary services. This raises several questions. How far do – national and European – free speech guarantees go? If hate speech can be banned to protect the victims’ rights, how can the prohibition of fake news be justified? What is the remaining leeway of the platforms for private content moderation? Who is responsible for fighting and taking down illegal content? How can the victims of de-platforming, content takedowns or shadow banning claim their right to freedom of opinion? Finally, how will these legal responsibilities be enforced? These questions are addressed in the articles of the edited volume, proceeding from the 2022 Annual Conference of the Institute for Digital Law Trier (IRDT).


Übersicht der Beiträge:

The Digital Services Act: Introduction and Overview | Lea Katharina Kumkar | p. 1

Potentials and Limits of Filter Technology for the Regulation of Hate Speech and Fake News | Martin Steinebach | p. 13

Freedom of Speech goes Europe - EU Laws for Online Communication | Antje von Ungern-Sternberg | p. 27

Taking or Escaping Legislative Responsibility? EU Fundamental Rights and Content Regulation under the DSA | Mattias Wendel | p. 59

The Digital Services Act: A General Assessment | Florence G’Sell | p. 85

Impacts of the Digital Services Act on the Facebook „Hate Speech“ decision by the German Federal Court of Justice | Ruth Janal | p. 119




Content Regulation in the European Union, The Digital Services Act


Antje von Ungern-Sternberg

Professor of Public Law, Comparative Law, Law and Religion and Public International Law at Trier University as well as Director of the IRDT.

Florence G'Sell

Professor of Private Law at the University of Lorraine, Nancy and holder of the Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair at Sciences Po, Paris.

Ruth Janal

Professor of Private Law, Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law at the University of Bayreuth.

Lea Katharina Kumkar

Assistant Professor of Civil Law, Commercial Law and Legal Issues of Digitalisation at Trier University and Member of the IRDT.

Martin Steinebach

Professor and Group Leadership of the area Media Security and IT Forensics at Frauenhofer SIT, Darmstadt.

Mattias Wendel

Professor of Public Law, EU Law, International Law, Migration Law and Comparative Law at Leipzig University.


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Veröffentlicht: Mai 23, 2023


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