Unfortunately, Argentina has passed a series of laws that will enable the government to censor the internet in the name of tolerance and equality.
The reforms to the National Anti-discrimination Act require any online platform that allows user comments to monitor those comments. Any discriminatory content will have to be removed.
The trouble is that the definition of “discriminatory” content is exceedingly vague. Critics say that even common insults or jibes could be determined to be discriminatory. Worse still, the punishments for these comments can include fines or actual prison sentences. Those who assist or promote the publishing of discriminatory content can expect to receive sentences of up to three years in prison.
That’s not the only reason that the laws may have a chilling effect on free speech in Argentina. Site administrators will be required to post terms and conditions forbidding the posting of such comments on their sites. They will also have to do anything within their power to prevent such comments from spreading through their site.
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