UK Home Affairs condemns Internet industry for failing to tackle hate speech

A new parliamentary report by the UK Home Affairs Select Committee has found that social media companies are ‘shamefully far‘ from tackling illegal content. According to the report, the firms are ‘big enough, rich enough and clever enough’ to solve the problem, yet it takes to long for illegal and dangerous content to be removed. The report recommends the government to ‘consult on a system of escalating sanctions, to include meaningful fines for social media companies which fail to remove illegal content within a strict timeframe’, similar to the financial penalties proposed in Germany.