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EU closing in on hate-speech videos on social media

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EU ministers have approved initial proposals to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and  YouTube tackle videos with hate speech and incitements to terrorism on their platforms.

The proposals will still need to be passed by European Parliament before becoming law, as Reuters reports.

Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft already signed up to a ‘code of conduct’ in Europe last year, under which each agreed to review and remove content flagged as hateful within 24 hours but a study by the European Commission in December 2016 found that companies were largely failing to comply with this agreement.

“Today’s agreement among Member States paves the way towards a final compromise with the European Parliament,” said Andrus Ansip, EU Commission Vice-President for the digital single market, in a statement released on Tuesday. He also spoke about finding “the right balance” between innovative services that promote video but also protect vulnerable people.

The proposals will not extend to live streaming, for example Facebook Live, but just videos stored on a platform, according to Reuters, who cite an unnamed EU diplomat.

In addition, member states will be able to require video-sharing platforms to contribute financially to the production of European works in the country where they are established and also where they target audiences.

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