Brussels steps up fight against hate on

The European Commission has drawn up a set of guidelines for internet platforms

The European Commission calls for terrorist propaganda, calls to violence and hate messages be removed from the internet faster. According to Brussels is such material "a serious threat to the safety of EU citizens."

"The legal standards apply just as well online and offline," said EU Commissioner Vera Jourová (Justice and consumers). "We cannot accept digital wild west, and we need to act against it." Legislation in Brussels presents the prospect if there is not.

The Commission has drawn up a set of guidelines for internet platforms for the prevention, detection and combating illegal content. She calls smaller tech companies on to align themselves with the code of conduct that Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft have signed. They promise to assess complaints within 24 hours and, if necessary, to remove.

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