Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube join EU anti-hate speech accordTwitter, Microsoft, Facebook and YouTube have all agreed to a European Union code of conduct focused on eliminating hate speech and terrorist propaganda.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft have all agreed to European regulations that require the companies to review the majority of hateful speech and other online propaganda within 24 hours of it being reported through notification tools. They'll also remove the content if deemed necessary. The move highlights a growing sense of concern amongst European nations about the ways in which social media platforms can be used to organize terrorist attacks and cultivate hate and intolerance. In addition to taking action on hateful conduct online twitter says it will leverage its platform's capabilities to empower positive voices that challenge prejudice. It's also worth noting that the EU's new set of standards Has placed some tech companies in awkward policy situations, considering the amount of transparency these new codes of conduct require. It also has some civil organizations worried that these new policies will further encroach on civil liberties. FOr what it's worth, each of the four companies named at the top of the story say they are simultaneously committed to eliminating illegal hate speech while also allowing for the free flow of data across their services. That's it for this tech news update. I'm Jeff Baglar and you can stay of top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]