Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter crack down on online hate speech in EU



Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have agreed to hide illegal online hate speech from European Union users of their platforms within 24 hours of receiving official notification of it.

It’s a response to the challenge of ensuring that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally, according to the European Commission, which pushed for the agreement.

The companies have agreed to create a clear process for receiving and reviewing notifications about illegal hate speech on their platforms, and to review “the majority of valid notifications” in under 24 hours, removing or disabling access to the content if necessary.

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