EU steps up efforts to tackle illegal content

The EU has produced a list of new guidelines urging social networks to be more proactive in both preventing and swiftly removing hate speech online.

The Commission said that it will monitor tech firms over the coming months, with plans to increase the use of automation to stop removed content being reposted, as well as outlining intentions to remove flagged content more quickly.

The Security Union, which may consider further regulation, has also urged social platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, to work more closely with authorities and to invest more in automated tools for flagging content which incites hatred, violence and terrorism.

The Commission will complete its assessment by May 2018.

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