Algorithmic censorship of blasphemy and religious hate speech

This contribution focuses on the digital environment, where freedom of expression is displayed through the medium of private social platforms, which exercise forms of algorithmic censorship. In this sector, freedom of expression is strongly affected by the horizon of soft law, the self-regulation of stakeholders, and IT’s techno-regulation. In other words, private social media platforms impose their balance between freedom of expression and protection of religious belief. This balance is sometimes the result of the platform’s cultural setting, its national origin, and the horizon of values to which it refers. However, the global dimension of information technology pushes platforms to limit freedom of expression to protect the religious phenomenon, even just for caution. The paper analyzes some specific cases of this general phenomenon.