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Move fast and break societies: the weaponisation of social media and options for accountability under international criminal law

Shannon Raj Singh

Keywords: social media; corporate complicity; atrocity crimes; crimes against humanity; genocide; corporate liability; aiding and abetting

This article considers the application of international criminal law to the role of social media entities in fuelling atrocity crimes, and the legal theories that could be most valuable in fostering their accountability. While incitement of atrocity crimes is one way of framing social media's role in fomenting conflict, this paper argues that it may be more productive to conceptualise social media's role in atrocity crimes through the lens of complicity, drawing inspiration not from the media cases in international criminal law jurisprudence, but rather by evaluating the use of social media as a weapon, which, under certain circumstances, ought to face accountability under international criminal law.

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