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AI that claims to close policy gaps, YouTube goes on health kick and Jordanian speech law criticised

The week in content moderation - edition #212

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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Human rights organisations have criticised Jordan after the King ratified a bill to penalise a variety of online speech, according to reports. King Abdullah II passed the bill last Saturday, meaning that users found guilty to be "spreading false news" — defined as anything affecting "social peace and national security" — are liable to a penalty of three months in prison and fines of up to 20,000 Jordanian dollars (around $28,000).

Human Rights Watch and Access Now previously warned that it would "pave the way for an alarming surge in online censorship" although the Jordanian prime minister Bisher al-Khasawneh said it was "completely open to any form of criticism".

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