In recent years, Ecuador has suffered a progressive invasion and restriction of spaces that are protected ab initio by the right to freedom of expression. Through provisions that sanction slander, insult and contempt, an attempt has been made to silence critics of the governments in office, generating an inhibitory effect on freedom of expression. Additionally, after the enactment of the Organic Communication Law, a regulatory framework was established that allows the government to disproportionately control and limit both offline and online content in the media. Due to the excessive legal consequences imposed on people and the media that made legitimate use of their right to express themselves freely through traditional media, the most robust public debate moved to social media. In response, new bills aim to give the Executive more control over the ideas and information that are transmitted in the digital environment through the imposition of excessive obligations on internet intermediaries.