EU Demands Social Media Giants Censor ‘Fake News’ Sites Within 24 Hrs
The European Union (EU) has issued an ultimatum to social media giants Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as tech giant, Microsoft, to censor “illegal hate speech” within 24 hours or face new laws that are designed to “curb online racist abuse.”
The clampdown includes such content that is considered by the mainstream establishment as so-called “fake news,” a term so broad that it includes perfectly legitimate news content.
The call from the European Commission for swifter action to delete racist posts and content from terrorists to promote online radicalisation follows a backlash against the proliferation of “fake” US election news on sites run by Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube.
US social media corporations signed a “code of conduct” with Brussels back in May that required them to “review the majority” of flagged hate speech within 24 hours, remove it if necessary and even develop “counter narratives” to confront the problem.
But after 600 notifications to the companies of suspected hate speech in six months, the commission is not at all happy with progress and that’s why they have threatened to escalate from “non-legislative” action if their demands are not met.