UConn Law students produce report for ABA’s Center for Human Rights


 

A recent report, written by the Human Rights and International Law Clinic at the University of Connecticut under the supervision of Molly Land and Richard Wilson for the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, documents the way social media platforms are being used by powerful elites in Guatemala to systematically undermine, isolate, and increase the vulnerability of activists, justice sector personnel, and journalists. The report explores the way in which social media users in Guatemala with substantial followings use coded speech that invokes rhetoric from the thirty-six-year Guatemalan armed conflict and genocide in ways that often evade scrutiny under the content moderation policies of social media companies. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for social media content moderation that would better account of the impact of speech in countries characterized by weak rule of law and a history of political violence.

 

Click here to access the full report, Invisible Threats: Mitigating the Risk of Violence from Online Hate Speech against Human Rights Defenders