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Facebook, Twitter, You Tube & Microsoft Agree To Get Rid Of Hate Speech

Travelers Today       By    Gelli Chua

Updated: Jun 01, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft together with the European Commission revealed a new conduct code to take off hatred words in accordance with community guidelines. The goal is to take off the hatred words said even when it has not yet reached 24 hours since the comments have been posted all over the social media sites mentioned.

The EU has implemented these strict rules for the posting of hatred speeches, in the aftermath of the violent attacks in Brussels and Paris, as reported in Tech Crunch. ISIS has been utilizing social media sites to hire fighters in the recent years that have passed.

The European economic recession has gained important parties to take its side. These parties led to online antisemitism and xenophobia. Thus, tech companies also do not desire to be the mediums of hatred speech online. This action taken by tech companies comes as a bit of a surprise since a lot of social media sites do not take off any comments made on their sites, even when these comments have hate in them in nature. Social media sites only take off comments if they violate copyright related issues.

However, little, but definite change has taken over multiple social media accounts. Twitter has by far, halted the 125,000 accounts in relation to ISIS that dated back to the middle of 2015. Facebook has had an agreement with the German government to turn its back away from hateful words disseminated back in September 2015.

Google and Twitter, eventually joined forces with Facebook and the German government in deleting hatred posts in December 2015. Right now, though, four tech companies are condemning speeches that contain hatred.

Vera Jourova, the EU Commissioner, for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, shared her insights on hatred speech, as reported in Rt.com. She said:

"The recent terror attacks have reminded us of the urgent need to address illegal online hate speech. Social media is, unfortunately, one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people and racists use to spread violence and hatred."

The online companies that have made a vow to take off hatred speech also vowed to flag extremist content that may circulate online, as reported in ABC News.

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