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Internet giants launch collaboration to curb terrorist content, while EU Commission urges stronger action against hate speech

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Internet giants launch collaboration to curb terrorist content, while EU Commission urges stronger action against hate speech

Information on content that is removed from the services – which is “most likely to violate all of our respective companies’ content policies” – will be shared through the database, helping other companies to identify such content on their platforms.

According to the Financial Times, the initiative will be presented at the EU Internet Forum on Thursday, and the database launched in early 2017.

On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that the European Commission is pressing the same companies to address online hate speech more strongly on their platforms. In late May, the companies voluntary committed to a “code of conduct”, signalling that they would “take the lead” on combating illegal hate speech online.

According to the Financial Times, the commission is urging the companies to review flagged hate speech within 24 hours, as required by the code of conduct. Věra Jourová, EU justice commissioner, said that the companies need to “act quickly and make strong efforts in the coming months” in order to make a convincing case against a legislative approach.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-12-06 12:09

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