Hate speech is one of the biggest problems the social networking sites are facing at the moment and all of the social media networks are trying hard to keep the platforms clean. However, often times, platforms are slow and European Union just passed a new law to protect users from exposure to hate speech by forcing the platforms to tackle such contents in timely fashion.
This is far from the first time governments or law enforcing agencies introduced such law as previously Germany passed a new law to force Facebook combat fake news stories. Similar to those laws, the new law proposes that social networking platforms will be forced to pay a hefty fine if they fail to remove violent contents in a timely manner. However, the proposed law has to go through some basic process before they can be fully implemented.
In addition to violent contents, the upcoming rules will also be imposed on sexual contents. As users can upload any kind of content they want, it has become a major concern for other users. The European Union’s proposal to force social media platforms says,
Platforms which organize and tag a large quantity of videos will have to protect minors from harmful content (such as pornography and violence) and protect all citizens from incitement to hatred. Detailed measures include tools for users to report and flag harmful content, age verification or parental control systems. To make sure the measures are future-proof and effective, the Commission will invite all video-sharing platforms to work within the Alliance to better protect minors online, with an aim to come up with a code of conduct for the industry. On top of industry self-regulation, national audiovisual regulators will have the power to enforce the rules, which depending on national legislation, can also lead to fines.
Interestingly, the European Union pointed out that streaming services like Netflix don’t have a large number of local content offerings and the newly proposed law will force such services to improve the number of local contents on the platform to be available for on-demand.
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