According to the results of an EU evaluation, social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google on YouTube have increased the speed and number of hate speech on their platforms in reaction to the European Union’s pressure to do more to solve their problems.
Facebook praises the majority of complaints within a 24-hour target set by a code of conduct agreed by the European Commission, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube in December.
Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova described the results of the Commission’s self-regulatory decision as “encouraging”, saying that the proportion of the accused materials doubled and that the EU moved faster than it did six months ago.
“This states that a self-regulating approach will work if all the actors are involved … At the same time, companies need to make further progress to meet their commitments,” Jourova said. He added that companies should provide more feedback to those who misuse their attention.
Facebook got less points on it than on Twitter and YouTube.
The Voluntary Behavior Code is obliged to take action in Europe within 24 hours. It follows the concerns about the spread of racist and xenophobic content on social media that has led to a crisis of refugees and attacks in Western Europe.
Hence, it is necessary to remove or shut down access to content, better cooperation with civil society organizations and promote “counter-narratives” for hate speech.
According to the report, Facebook has estimated the number of hate messages reported less than 24%, in 58%.
Twitter also warned of its messages, 39% of which were discussed during 24 hours, which is 23.5% in December when the Commission made the first steps to review the company’s progress and warned they were too slow.
“Over the last six months, we have introduced new tools and functions to make Twitter better for everyone. We have also improved the application reporting process for our customers and we continue to do our work with our policy,” said Karen White, Head of Europe Policy Policy for Twitter .
YouTube, on the other hand, hampered 42% of the messages in 24 hours, decreased from 60.8% in December, showed results.
“A self-regulatory approach of the Commission is pragmatic and focused on performance. We learned a lot from this process and will continue to invest heavily in people and systems to address these problems, “YouTube said the head of public policy for Juniper Downs.
All companies have significantly increased the number of seizures. In general, the content was deleted in 59.2% of cases, more than double the rate in December, which was 28.2%.
The spread of hate speech on social media increased pressure on companies to remove content quickly, as they face the prospect of legislation as EU and national level.
Last week, EU ministers approved plans to force social networks to take action to block the video from hateful content while the German government approved a plan in April of small companies to 50 million euros if they fail to remove the hateful postings quickly.
The most common reason to hate the Commission had identified xenophobia, including expression of hatred against migrants and refugees, along with anti-Muslim hatred, and ethnic origin.
Fake news and racist has become more important in Germany after the arrival of about a million immigrants over the past two years.
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