The European Commission is fighting hate speech

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The European Commission considers technology companies insufficiently fight hate speech. Discussions are being held on the introduction of new regulations that will force companies to address this issue seriously.

Hate speech is currently the biggest problem on the internet, as practically anyone can encounter it. Appears primarily on various types of social networking sites, so their owners a few months ago signed a voluntary agreement to better address this issue.

Its signatories were Faceboo, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft, and the purpose of the agreement was to create a common standard for the reporting system of hate speech cases to allow lawmakers to react more effectively. The agreement assumed that such content should be removed no later than 24 hours after its appearance and commitment to support educational programs as well as the promotion of independent narratives opposing hateful comments.

The European Commission recently checked the implementation of the agreement and was not satisfied with the results. Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova has found that Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft do not remove all such comments during the 24-hour period, and only about 40 percent of them disappear. In contrast, within 48 hours, a little over 80% is removed. comments.

Interestingly, with the implementation of the agreement agreement is worst deal with Twitter, which has long had a problem with this, and the fastest such posts deal with Youtube.

The European Commission has acknowledged the company's efforts to be insufficient and wants to create a new law that will force large corporations to force hate speech off the Web. The talks on the final shape of such legislation will soon begin.