Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Nicaraguans 'betrayed' by Ortega, Bianca Jagger tells FRANCE 24

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Protesters, punches and the President's bodyguard

Read more

THE DEBATE

Heavy Meddle: Is Russia outmanoeuvring the West?

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Trump's Helsinki summit with Putin causes outrage in US

Read more

ENCORE!

On the red carpet with Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd

Read more

FOCUS

Spain's strawberry farms from hell

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

UK book exports could be harmed by Brexit

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Ortega, enough!'

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Greece's new chapter: Athens prepares to exit bailout programme

Read more

Europe

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft agree EU deal on removing hate speech

© Studio FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-05-31

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agreed Tuesday to review requests for the removal of hateful content posted on their sites within 24 hours as part of a new code of conduct deal with EU regulators.

Authorities across Europe have been trying in recent months to get social platforms to crack down on a rise in racism online, with some European agencies even threatening to take legal action against the companies.

European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said tackling online hate speech has taken on an added urgency because of the increasing use of social media by terrorist groups to radicalise young people and incite violence.

Europe has also seen an increase in cyber racism and anti-immigrant sentiment in the wake of Europe's migrant crisis, which has seen tens of thousands of war zone refugees seeking to cross into the EU.

The European Commission said the four US online giants will review the majority of valid notifications for the removal of hate speech in less than 24 hours and remove or disable access to such content if necessary.

Several countries in Europe, including France, have laws dating from after World War II against "inciting racial hatred" through speech.

On a visit to Silicon Valley last year, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve asked representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter to work more directly with French officials on investigations and to remove terrorist propaganda immediately when authorities alert them to its presence.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-05-31

  • FRANCE

    ‘You will die alone,’ new French campaign warns jihadists

    Read more

  • COUNTER-TERRORISM

    France seeks Silicon Valley allies in war on terror

    Read more

  • EUROPE

    Europe-wide police unit to target IS group propaganda

    Read more

COMMENT(S)