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Hate speech is becoming a vital tradition worldwide, and social media platforms quickly respond to online hate speech. Tech organizations, including Twitter, Google, and Facebook, removed almost 72% of prohibited hate speech during 2018 on their respective platform. The response rate is increasing over time. The companies released only 28% of the content nearly two years ago. In 2016, 89% of content was flagged as hate speech, and tech companies took 24 hours to review it. Almost 40% was removed in the same year. European Commission calculated the figures.
Vera Jourova, the European justice commissioner, claimed that tech companies, such as Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and Facebook, signed on an initiative in 2016 to remove xenophobic or racist content from their networking sites. After 2 ½ years, the companies found the correct approach and set European standards to tackle these issues. These initiatives aim to deal with offensive content while protecting the liberty of speech.
As per EU reports, Facebook removed almost 82% of prohibited hate speech on social networking sites. The networking giant is trying to manage fake news and misinformation on its website. Facebook is trying to restrict abusive content and faced criticism for failing to stop the spread of false news and information during election campaigns. Facebook removed 800 fake accounts and pages related to Iran last week.
Meanwhile, Twitter showed a minor decrease in removing hate speech or bogus content. In the same time frame, Twitter removed 43.5% of hate speeches. Director of Twitter, Karen White, said that the company reviews 88% of notifications they receive within 24 hours. They are working on their safety policy to make their reporting system transparent and secure.
EMEA president of Google, Matt Brittin, said that almost 10,000 people are working on Google to combat hate speech. He said people don’t like being confronted for offensive content. They are playing their part in this fight against abhorrence by making their platform hostile to this material.
As per European Commission, hate speech is the incitement of the public to hatred or violence directed to individuals or groups based on particular characters, such as ethnic or national origin, descent, religion, color, and race.
The EU is hopeful for the best results with the balance of power and responsibility of social media giants and other online platforms.