Collaboration against illegal online hate speech

The European Commission and social media giants, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook and YouTube have worked together to produce a Code of Conduct to deal with the posting by their users of unlawful “hate speech”.  The definition of “hate speech” is that set out in EU Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA as “conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnics origin”.

Whilst these companies publicly promote the facilitation of freedom of expression they have seen the need to protect others and the important role they can play in that. The Code of Conduct they have signed up to contain a number of following commitments to the public and you can read more about the Code of Conduct here

Published: 22 June 2016

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