Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft back EU hate speech rules


BRUSSELS – Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N), Google’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube and Microsoft (MSFT.O) on Tuesday agreed to an EU code of conduct to tackle online hate speech within 24 hours in Europe.

EU governments have been trying in recent months to get social platforms to crack down on rising online racism following the refugee crisis and terror attacks, with some even threatening action against the companies.  

As part of the pledge agreed with the European Commission, the web giants will review the majority of valid requests for removal of illegal hate speech in less than 24 hours and remove or disable access to the content if necessary.

They will also strengthen their cooperation with civil society organizations who help flag hateful content when it goes online and promote “counter-narratives” to hate speech.

“The recent terror attacks have reminded us of the urgent need to address illegal online hate speech. Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people,” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said.

Germany got Google, Facebook and Twitter to agree to delete hate speech from their websites within 24 hours last year and even launched an investigation into the European head of Facebook over its alleged failure to remove racist hate speech.

“There’s no place for hate speech on Facebook,” said Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook.

“With a global community of 1.6 billion people we work hard to balance giving people the power to express themselves whilst ensuring we provide a respectful environment.”

The code of conduct is largely a continuation of efforts that the companies already take to counter hate speech on their websites, such as developing tools for people to report hateful content and training staff to handle such requests.

Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 for threatening or promoting terror acts, primarily related to Islamic State.

The United States has undertaken similar efforts to entice the cooperation of tech companies in combating online radicalization, focusing on promoting “counter-narratives” to extremist content.

EU ministers had called for cooperation with tech companies to be stepped up after the Brussels attacks in March.

Jewish lobbyists, frequently the target of hate speech, welcomed the code of conduct.

“This a historic agreement that could not arrive at a better time,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress.


5 thoughts on “Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft back EU hate speech rules

  1. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft are all owned by Zionist Jews, and they’re all working to end free speech by branding some of it “hate speech”.

    You should be boycotting all of the above, as well as Google.

    Hatred is a normal human emotion, and expressing it verbally often prevents people from expressing it physically (or violently). What they’re trying to do is get their foot in the speech-controlling door, and they’ll quickly move toward branding any discussion of Zionist crime as “hate speech”, which is already an arrestable offense in some counties.

    REMEMBER: You’re an AMERICAN. You can say whatever the f&*k you want to, and no one can change that.

    Don’t let them infringe on the right to free expression, because we’ve already seen through their “gun control” efforts exactly where they’re going with this.

    “Do you have a license to speak publicly?”

    1. “REMEMBER: You’re an AMERICAN. You can say whatever the f&*k you want to, and no one can change that. ” . ___________________ ^^^^ (Say what now? Political Correctness implemented in Same Americans keeps you from saying words that have been common for ages.)

      Until they suspend the Constitution (End the Contract, without reviving it.), and then the point becomes are you ready to die for your words?

  2. So now you can’t even whisper who is in power, and whose policies you disagree with.

    They really got it down, and the masses, the masses get exactly what they deserve.

    “Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people,” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said.”

    So what do you think will happen, if words can’t be spoken any longer since they have been forbidden or kept from reaching a big public and the only things that will matter are actions alike sending muslim child rapists on a short route to their beloved allah?


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