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INTERVIEW: Naomi Appelman addresses complexities of removing harmful content

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Internet bullying is on the rise, and the Dutch government has been exploring possibilities to combat harms on the internet. Naomi Appelman speaks to Trouw about the complexities of removing unlawful harmful content, as part of the new report commissioned by the Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) of the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Harmful content cannot be categorized, says Naomi Appelman, one of the nine researchers specializing in information law. It faces a variety of problems. “It matters whether you have been duped by a data breach at your hairdresser or whether you are dealing with revenge porn. And in the case of insults or hate messages, even a trained lawyer cannot immediately say whether or not it falls under the freedom of expression.”

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