Poland’s government has proposed a new law to stop social media platforms deleting content or banning users who do not break polish laws.
The proposed bill would see social networks fined up to 50 million Zloty for failing to restore deleted posts or accounts.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced the “freedom of speech protection” bill on Friday.
The law also establish a ‘freedom of speech council’. The council would be able to order social networks such as Facebook or Twitter to restore deleted content, or unblock a user’s account following a review.
Social media users in Poland who has been blocked or had content deleted would be able to complain directly to the platform, which would have to respond within 24 hours.
If a social media company refuse to comply with an order, the council would be able to issue a fine of between 50,000 and 50 million zloty.
He said large internet corporations were increasingly limiting freedom of speech. Under the proposed bill, members of the free speech council would be appointed for six years terms by a three – fifth majority vote in parliament , in an attempt to safeguard pluralism.
Poland’s Prime minister Mr Morawiecki was going to lobby the EU to regulate the issue, because domestic regulations would be ineffective without EU- wide backing.