Behind a claim that social media is being abused by terrorists to promote terrorism and hate speech, social media giants Facebook and Twitter, along with online giants Google and Microsoft have released a joint statement vowing to address hate speech EU-style online “within 24 hours”.
Beyond national laws that criminalize hate speech, there is a need to ensure such activity by Internet users is “expeditiously reviewed by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame,” the companies and the European Commission said in a joint statement on Tuesday…
“We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,” said Twitter’s head of public policy for Europe, Karen White, in the statement. “However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”
These platforms are going to start determining what is and isn’t okay to be said and shared online.
What does it mean that social media and internet companies are following the EU’s hate speech rules? Well, in the EU, people have actually beenarrested for offending others on Facebook. A man in Scotland, for just one recent example, was arrested a few months ago for making what local authorities deemed “offensive” comments about Syrian migrants on Facebook.
Such acts, according to police, “will not be tolerated”: