At the moment social networks are places that are left mostly unmoderated and this has meant that they are filled with general hate speech, including the accounts across Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
But thankfully, this might not last much longer as the European Union’s Commission has today approved a proposal that will allow them to block videos that incite hatred or promote terrorism.
They do need to get approved by the European Parliament in order to become official legislation, but if it is passed then the new law would actively intervene in social media for the first time in Europe. Interestingly, the regulations would only apply to videos have been recorded, not those that are being live streamed.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft have already pledged to remove flagged content that is deemed to be hateful within a timeframe of 24 hours, however, the UK and EU have said that they have failed to deliver this promise.
But this won’t only apply to social networks, the new laws would also demand that other streaming platforms such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video hit a content quota.
This quota would force 30 percent of their video catalog to include European films and TV shows, which they will have to help fund the production of which within the EU countries that they operate in. We don’t yet know if this can be content from one particular EU country or from a certain percentage of different countries for example.
This is a particularly interesting one, it will be interesting to see what those services do with that.
You can read more about it at the source link below.