Decrease in removal of reported hate content in the EU

Since 2016, there has been an EU code of conduct for combating illegal hate speech online. With Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube among the first signatories, it also concerns Dailymotion, Instagram,, Snapchat, TikTok and recently LinkedIn on a voluntary basis.

The European Commission publishes the results of a sixth evaluation of this code (PDF) which covers a period of 6 weeks between early March and mid-April 2021 for Facebook, Instagram,, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.

These platforms reviewed 81% of the 4,543 notifications within 24 hours and removed an average of 62.5% of the content reported by 35 organizations from 22 Member States. For France, for example, 210 notifications from the LICRA and 82 notifications from the PHAROS platform.

The treatment reserved may differ in relation to the illegal nature of the content retained by an association and its seriousness. However, performance is generally down. In the previous assessment over the same period, the average was 90.4% of notifications reviewed in less than 24 hours and a deletion rate of 71%.

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While this is a first assessment for TikTok, the rate of deletion of reported content tends to decrease for Facebook and YouTube. On the other hand, it is increasing for Instagram and Twitter. As for, it is still 100% and including for the review of notifications in less than 24 hours.

Our code, which is unique, has worked well, but platforms cannot let their guard down and they must address the shortcomings. Informal agreement alone is not enough in this area “, says Vera Jourova who is in charge of Values ​​and Transparency within the European Commission.

An allusion to the upcoming European Digital Services Act legislation on digital services.

Source: GNT – actualités by

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