Facebook to Appeal Global Hate Speech Order in Austria

"According to Daphne Keller, a lawyer at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University, the Austrian ruling may be "dangerous and short-sighted" because it could embolden other countries to impose local laws everywhere on Facebook.

"Should Facebook comply globally with Russia's anti-gay laws, or Thailand's laws against insulting the king, or Saudi Arabia's blasphemy laws? Would Austria want those laws to dictate what speech its citizens can share online? This ruling sends a signal to courts around the world that they, too, can enforce their national laws to ban speech around the world," said Keller in an email to Fortune."