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European Youth Information and Counselling Agency
87, Route de Thionville L-2611 Luxembourg
Tel.: +352 24873992 - Fax: +352 26293215
Email: secretariat(at)eryica.org

Countering online hate speech

 

European Commission's initiative with social media platforms and civil society shows progress. One year ago, a Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech was announced. Now after the adoption, it is clear that important work has been made, as 

"On average,in 59% of the cases, the IT companies responded to notifications concerning illegal hate speech by removing the content. This is more than twice the level of 28% that was recorded six months earlier.

The amount of notifications reviewed within 24 hours improved from 40% to 51% in the same six months period. Facebook is however the only company that fully achieves the target of reviewing the majority of notifications within the day."

This is all great news for the battle against online hate speech. According to the European Commission's press release, next steps are include monitoring the implementation of the Code of Conduct with the help of the civil society organisations.

 

Read the European Commission's press release here

 

European Youth Information and Counselling Agency
87, Route de Thionville L-2611 Luxembourg
Tel.: +352 24873992 - Fax: +352 26293215
Email: secretariat(at)eryica.org