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EU to pressure social media companies to tackle videos with hate speech

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EU to pressure social media companies to tackle videos with hate speech

EU ministers approved yesterday proposals that would force social media companies to tackle videos of hate speech on their platforms. Provided that the EU Parliament passes the proposals, they would constitute the first legislation at EU level on the issue, Reuters reported.

Online platforms where video is an “essential” function would have to follow the same rules as broadcasters in the EU, which effectively strenghtens governments' hand in making social media companies address the issue of hate speech more strongly.

However, livestreaming services, such as Facebook Live, were not included in the proposal, the Financial Times reported.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-05-24 12:00

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