About Aleksandra Kuczerawy
The implications of the filter bubble are manifold and people in the field have been talking about the phenomenon for a while. Yet, this is the first time that a broad audience became aware that something unusual is happening. Recent events, such as Brexit and the US elections, indicate that filter bubbles can be particularly worrisome as they amplify misinformation, or what became the latest ‘hot topic’ – the fake news. It is now up to those concerned to decide how to respond. Finding a right solution, however, is not an easy task.
On 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered a judgement on Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete and Index.hu Zrt v. Hungary (MTE and Index.hu). The case concerned the liability of online intermediaries for user comments. The topic was discussed in the 2nd year of REVEAL.
On 13 may 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that individuals have a right to obtain removal of certain search results that are shown following a web search on the basis of their name. The Google Spain ruling initiated vivid discussions around the world on the so called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF).
On 16 June 2015 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered a judgement in Delfi AS v. Estonia. By fifteen votes to two, the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR ruled that there was no violation of Article 10 by the domestic courts in deciding that the Estonian news portal Delfi had not taken sufficient measures to remove unlawful comments under a news story. Pieter-Jan Ombelet and Aleksandra Kuczerawy of the KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI-CIR) provide a short summary of the case and point out the key legal issues discussed by the Grand Chamber.