BRUSSELS — The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world’s biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of free speech online.
Under the terms of a code of conduct, the social media firms have committed to “quickly and efficiently” tackle illegal free speech.
‘Illegal free speech’ is that which, explicitly or implicitly, seriously or in jest, includes any mention of race, colour, religion, descent, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, eating habits, body weight or body type.
In agreement with the EU’s executive arm, the social media firms have said they will guarantee that everything anyone says with be assessed and deleted within 24 hours if it looks like it may be, could be or is similar to illegal free speech.
“The internet is a place for legal free speech, not illegal free speech,” said Vera Cobra, the EU commissioner responsible for justice, consumers and gender equality, “you can make as many bland complimentary statements about things-of-no-consequence as you like,” she added.