image of tausif akram By: Amby
8 Feb 2019

Facebook, Twitter, And Google Speed Up Things To Remove Online Hate Speech



Hate speech is becoming an important tradition all over the world, and social media platforms are quickly responding 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. Nearly two years ago, the companies removed only 28% of the content. In 2016, 89% content was flagged as hate speech and tech companies took 24 hours to review it. Nearly 40% was removed in the same year. European Commission calculated the figures.


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Vera Jourova, the justice commissioner in Europe, 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 standards in Europe to tackle these issues. The purpose of these initiatives is to deal with offensive content while protecting the liberty of speech.

As per EU reports, the Facebook removes almost 82% of prohibited hate speech on the social networking site. 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 its failure to stop the spread of false news and information during election campaigns. Facebook removes 800 counterfeit accounts and pages last weeks that was related to Iran.

Meanwhile, Twitter showed a minor decrease in the removal of hate speech or bogus content. In same time frame, the Twitter removed 43.5% hate speeches. Director of Twitter, Karen White, said that the company is reviewing 88% notifications they received 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 that people don’t like to get confronted for their offensive content. They are playing their part in this fight against abhorrence by making their platform hostile for this type of material.

As per European Commission, the hate speech is the incitement of 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, responsibility of social media giants and other online platforms.

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