Facts Act on Responsibility for Electronic Bulletin Boards (The BBS-Act)

The act on responsibility for electronic bulletin boards (1998:112), also known as the BBS-Act, implies that everyone who provides public digital services where people can post content is responsible for monitoring the service and for removing and preventing the proliferation of content that is not compliant with certain laws and regulations.

In practice, this means that those providing digital services containing for instance chat- or messaging functions are responsible for removing content that is not compliant with the following laws and regulations:

·  Unlawful threats

·  Unlawful violations of integrity

·  Sedition

·  Agitation against a national or ethnic group

·  Child pornography crime

·  Unlawful depiction of violence

·  Act on Criminal Responsibility for Public Provocation, Recruitment and Training concerning Terrorist Offences and other Particularly Serious Crime (2010:299)

This also applies in cases where it is evident that the user has infringed on copyright or rights protected in chapter 5 in the act on copyright in literary and artistic works (1960:729) by posting the content. This information is retrieved from https://lagen.nu/1998:112.

If you see or are exposed to criminal information being proliferated on these kind of platforms, it is important to know that those providing the services on the platform are responsible to act upon it. 

Advice Gather digital evidence

Document and save everything that can be used to investigate what has happened.

Guide: Gather digital evidence 

Advice Report offensive posts and comments to administrators

If you read offensive and inappropriate posts or comments on social media, you can always report this to the administrators

Advice Take your mental health seriously

Put your mental health first. Sometimes, it can be important to take a break from social media accounts. Let someone else take care of or clear out your social media.

Support and help