Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft have signed the new EU rules that ensure they will delete the majority of offending comments within 24 hours.
The companies have agreed to remove the the majority of reported hate speech, especially following the refugee migrant crisis, which resulted in numerous hate speech messages posted online.
On Tuesday, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft announced a set of standards for dealing with hate speech, including: the promise to remove the offending content within 24 hours and training staff to better identify and respond to online hate speech.
“Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people and racist use to spread violence and hatred. This agreement is an important step forward to ensure that the internet remains a place of free and democratic expression, where European values and laws are respected.”, said Vĕra Jourová, the EU Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality.
Even though they stress the fact that they already have strong and effective anti-hate speech policies, the four internet giants have signed up to the EU agreements.