Facebook often experiences problems when it comes to hate speech. An Austrian court ruled that the company should remove all posts containing offensive content. It all started last year when a fake account posted defamatory insults to Eva Glawischinig, the leader of Austria’s Green Party.
The Austrian Green Party wants hate speech removed from Facebook
After this incident, the Green Party asked Facebook to remove all posts containing hate speech against their leader. Since the tech giant did not follow their request, they brought the issue in front of the Commercial Court of Vienna, which ruled that Facebook should take down those posts. Of course, the company appealed against this decision.
However, their appeal failed. This is not the first time the social media platform has to deal with hate speech. Facebook is constantly under pressure because of its lack of response when it comes to this issue which is getting more and more serious.
Fines for social media platforms which display offensive speech
For instance, last month, in Germany, politicians backed a proposal for a law concerning all social media platforms. The law states that these websites and apps are going to be fined up to €50 million if they fail to remove hate speech posts. In the case of criminal content, the offensive posts should be deleted in the first 24 hours after the platform receives a complaint.For other illegal content, the social media sites have seven days to remove it.
The UK politicians also intended to implement a similar law, which would be strictly related to terrorism content. This decision comes after Facebook has received several accusations for failing to remove content that involved extremism and child abuse.
All of these allegations show that Facebook is having a hard time moderating the posts on its platform. To solve this problem, the company mentioned that it hired 3,000 more people to take care of illegal, extremist, and hate speech. Let’s hope that they manage to do so quickly, before the company starts receiving fines for displaying offensive content.
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