關於中間人責任的一般性問題General questions about intermediary liability
1. Why is intermediary liability important?
Given the amount of potentially unlawful or harmful content that is transmitted through their services and their technical capabilities to control access to that content, internet intermediaries are under increasing pressure from governments and interest groups to act as ‘gatekeepers’ of the Internet. This is usually done through the adoption of laws that hold intermediaries financially or criminally responsible if the intermediary fails to filter, block or remove content which is deemed illegal. This often results in private companies censoring content on behalf of the state without appropriate safeguards or accountability mechanisms.