2 October, 2017

Luxembourgish Netiquette: For respectful coexistence online

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Luxembourg NetiquetteBy Jeff Kaufmann, National campaigg coordinator Luxembourg.

The Conseil de Presse and BEE SECURE have published some ground rules for users (Netiquette)

“Racism and hatred have no place in our lives. Neither online, nor offline.”

This quote by Barbara-Gorges Wagner (Kanner Youth Telephone/BEE SECURE) could be the motto for Conseil de Presse and BEE SECURE’s announcement on Monday’s press conference at the Maison de la Presse: together they had published a “Netiquette” for the Luxembourg media landscape.

A Netiquette is a collection of behavioral suggestions and/or rules to make online interaction more pleasant for everyone. The term contains the word „Net“ (Internet) and „etiquette“ (Code of Conduct). The disadvantage of communicating online is that we cannot see who we are talking to and cannot always react as keenly as we would offline. In text-based communication in particular, e.g. Facebook comments, discussions can degenerate so quickly – which often leaves frustration on all sides.

This new Netiquette is a simple set of rules for any user who wishes to express his/her opinion in online commentary on news media websites or social media profiles in Luxembourg.

These rules allow the Luxembourg media landscape to provide more clarity to users about which comments are viewed as tolerable and which cross the line of freedom of speech. Moreover, the joint Netiquette initiative is a sign of solidarity and mutual respect among Luxembourg press organizations.

Netiquette highlights two important things to bear in mind – not only when commenting, but in any kind of online communication:

  • Behind every screen is a person. Therefore, respectful coexistence is just as important on the web as it is in our daily lives.
  • The Internet is not a “rights-free” space – national and international laws apply on social media as well. 

The Conseil de Presse and BEE SECURE developed Netiquette in close collaboration. It marks the end of the “Share Respect – Stop Online Hate Speech” campaign, which for over a year, has focused on various themes related to online hate speech, raising awareness for respectful coexistence on the Internet.

CLICK HERE to view the entire Netiquette in Luxembourgish, French and German (and soon in English).

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