Social media companies facing fines for failing to remove hate speech, illegal content quickly enough

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May 22, 2017 by Paul Dughi

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Social Media is under attack again in Great Britain as government officials debate fines if Facebook and Twitter don’t remove illegal content fast enough.

Britain’s home affairs committee unleashed a scathing report, going so far as to suggest the social media companies pay for policing.  They compared it to a soccer team that pays for police to keep the stadium safe on game days.

When it comes to hate speech and illegal content, the report called the companies “completely irresponsible.”

Listen to some of the language in the report as detailed in The Guardian:

  • Social media sites are “platforms for hatred and extremism.”
  • Social media sites have not taken “basic steps to stop illegal material.”
  • “One of the world’s largest companies has profited from hatred and has allowed itself to be a platform from which extremists have generated revenue.”
  • “Social media companies’ failure to deal with illegal and dangerous material online is a disgrace.”
  • “They have been asked repeatedly to come up with better systems to remove illegal material such as terrorist recruitment or online child abuse. Yet repeatedly they have failed to do so. It is shameful.”

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