Social media giants fail to tackle hatred, say MPs

The Times

Google, Twitter and Facebook have shamefully failed to tackle terrorism, violence and hatred online, MPs say.

The social media giants are labelled a disgrace in a report that accuses them of ignoring pleas to remove illegal and dangerous content — including images of child abuse — despite being among the wealthiest organisations in the world. Google is accused of having “profited from hatred”.

The next government should consider urgently changing the law so that social media operators would be prosecuted for leaving unlawful messages on their sites, the select committee report says.

Web companies should be made to reimburse the police for online investigations, just as football clubs are charged for match-day policing.

 

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