Jun 5, 2017

Facebook wants to be "hostile environment" for terrorists

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In the wake of the London terrorist attack, Facebook's Director of Policy Simon Milner told Reuters the company aiming to ensure it doesn't give terrorists easy access to its platform.

  • "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists..."
  • Twitter also said it is expanding the use of technology "as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content."
  • The statements come after British Prime Minister Teresa May called out internet companies Sunday for providing "the safe space" terrorists ideology "needs to breed."

Why it matters: Internet giants have come under increasing pressure in Europe to censor and take action against violent content and hate speech on their platforms. A recent evaluation found that companies are removing an increasing share of flagged hate speech a year after major platforms agreed to follow a voluntary code of conduct in the European Union.

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