Facebook, Twitter Agree to EU Code of Conduct to Fight Hate Speech
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have made commitments regarding a "Code of Conduct" released by the European Commission and EU member states in an effort to curb online hate speech.
"The recent terror attacks have reminded us of the urgent need to address illegal online hate speech," Vĕra Jourová, EU commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said in a May 31 statement.
"Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people and racist use to spread violence and hatred," Jourová continued. "This agreement is an important step forward to ensure that the Internet remains a place of free and democratic expression, where European values and laws are respected."
The technology companies have agreed to take a number of steps, including establishing clear processes for reviewing notifications regarding hate speech; stating clearly that they prohibit "the promotion of incitement to violence and hateful conduct"; and reviewing the majority of valid notifications in less than 24 hours and removing or disabling such content.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agree to a European Commission Code of Conduct, saying they'll be swift to police and take down hate speech.
"There is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate," Karen White, Twitter's head of public policy for Europe, said in the statement. "In tandem with actioning hateful conduct that breaches Twitter's Rules, we also leverage the platform's incredible capabilities to empower positive voices, to challenge prejudice and to tackle the deeper root causes of intolerance."