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Saszeline Sørensen is a prominent critic of government policy in Denmark who became a victim of censorship in the fall of 2020, when she had access to her Instagram account blocked. Meta Platforms (FaceBook, Instagram), who is responsible for the ban, gave no prior warning and provided no reasons for exclusion.
We consider the ban to be an act of censorship that egregiously interferes with the political process of a democratic country as well as an attempt to silence criticism of state power. The ban did serious damage to her personal finances and reputation, because her livelihood as an influencer was largely dependent on access to the Instagram account.
Dear META platforms / Facebook Ireland.
I am writing to you on behalf of my client, Saszeline Sørensen, to demand that you return her access to her Instagram account, @Saselines, and to ask for your apology for violating your contractual obligations, her human rights, as well as threatening the foundations of an enlightened and free society - the liberty of each individual to know, and to argue freely according to conscience.
In the fall of 2020 you blocked access to my client’s account. You provided no prior warning to my client and provided her with no reasoned notice of termination of contract. My client’s livelihood had largely been built upon the faith in the contract entered into with Instagram. Your censorship thus did serious damage to her reputation and personal finances - but most egregiously, you interfered with the political process of my country. Censorship causes discourse to degrade into conformity and fear. By censoring, you are responsible for sowing discord and division in an otherwise peaceful society built upon trust.
Freedom of speech
The signing states to The European Convention on Human Rights (Ireland included) are prohibited from interfering with the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the convention. The convention's authoritative and final arbiter - The European Court of Human Rights, has unalterably declared that:
“freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society and one of the basic conditions for its progress and for each individual’s self-fulfillment.”
“[this freedom] is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb. Such are the demands of pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no “democratic society”.” (Case of VgT Verein Gegen Tierfabriken v. Switzerland; Application no. 24699/94, § 66.)
Article 10 of the convention places far reaching restrictions on the ability of countries and states to censor speech. It is often claimed that the fundamental principles of free speech and human rights are applicable only between the state and individuals. It is held that private actors may be given unlimited power to censor and control speech - in principle be allowed to dominate and control debate in entire societies or even the globe itself. This is a mistaken and unsophisticated position, both legally and philosophically.
"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."
Even if our lawsuit is not successful and national courts of Ireland refuse to recognise the human right to free speech on social media, this would open the possibility to try the case before The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
A win of the case in the Human Rights Court would hail in a new dawn for free speech and individual human rights - possibly for the whole world - as all European nation states are bound by law to respect the authority of the European Human Rights Court.
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Rasmus Munch Søndergaard
Founder and President of Logos
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Logos is a political party in the Kingdom of Denmark. The name “Logos” comes from ancient greek and can be translated to mean “word” or “creative order”. The organization is created to do political and legal activism for the cause of civil and human rights - The main focus being to secure free speech for users on big tech platforms.
In the event that we aren’t able to meet the stated target of €30,000, we will offer to go to trial without a further safety net. If the offer is not taken, all raised funds will be used for Logos work for freedom of speech and your liberty to express yourself on social media.
As soon as we’ve reached our Crowdfunding goal of €30.000, we will initiate the process of bringing Meta Platforms to trial. This will likely be a lengthy process, but we will keep you updated about major events during the trial.
If Logos wins this case, it establishes precedence for the rights of all users on social media. Tech giants will be held accountable for fundamental rights, including that to free speech. In the grand scheme of things, it is difficult to establish the exact implications, but it would certainly mean that power would flow from the big tech-companies and into you as a user.
We believe that’s worth fighting for.
There is no guarantee of a victory. Even fundamental rights such as Freedom of Speech can be put to the test, but at Logos, we believe in fighting for them. We guarantee that your money will be well spent fighting that fight, but we cannot promise you that we’ll win. Only that we’ll give it our best.
In the event that the case is lost, the money will have already been spent, and there is no possibility of reimbursements.
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