The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has said social media firms are doing much more to remove flagged illegal content more quickly, the Financial Timesreports.
Specifically: Figures due to be released later today will show that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on average 72% of posts containing illegal hate speech within 24 hours of being notified, up from 28% two years ago.
Top of the class: The commission singled out Facebook for praise for achieving a 82% takedown rate. It’s a rare piece of good news for the social media behemoth, which celebrates its 15th birthday today (see below for more on that.)
But…There’s always a risk that platforms could swing too far to appease policymakers, impinging upon legitimate free speech. “We don’t want 100% take downs,” an EU official told the Financial Times.
Source: Facebook is doing better on hate speech : MIT Technology Review