The Private Sector and Content Regulation: The Margin of Permissible Expression

Ben Wagner*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter focuses on private sector models of content regulation. It argues that the legal need and external pressure for content regulation creates a demand for norm-creation within many Internet companies. Particularly, as Internet companies operate in many international jurisdictions with frequently conflicting legal norms, companies are constantly responding to multiple regulatory demands. In order to explore this logic in greater detail, three cases were selected as they demonstrate crucial cases in the evolution of the private sector model of Internet content regulation: AOL, Google & Facebook.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Free Expression - Governing the Boundaries of Internet Content
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33513-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLaw, Governance and Technology Series
ISSN (Print)2352-1902
ISSN (Electronic)2352-1910


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