Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC practises from 39 Essex Chambers. He has a wide ranging chancery, commercial, and common law practice. His many reported cases include those concerning freezing injunctions, letters of credit, civil fraud, tracing, judicial review, insurance, banking, defamation, copyright, confidence, private information and data protection.

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Free speech and e-media

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other intermediaries increasingly face a broadly united front of protest. Is it time to regulate? asks Richard Spearman QC

Under the headline ‘Facebook publishing child porn’, the Times of 13 April 2017 reported on its front page: ‘The social media company failed to take down dozens of images and videos that were “flagged” to its moderators, including one showing an Islamic State beheading, several violently paedophilic cartoons, a video of an apparent sexual assault on a child and propaganda posters glorifying recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt.’

17 May 2017
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