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Social media platforms face a reckoning over hate speech
For years, social media platforms have fueled political polarization and hosted an explosion of hate speech. Now, with four months until the US presidential election and the country’s divisions reaching a boiling point, these companies are upping their game against bigotry and threats of violence.
Germany to tighten screws on online hate speech
With the danger growing from far-right extremists and torrents of threats against politicians, Germany plans to toughen online speech laws and tighten the screws on social networks.
UN launches plan to combat escalating hate speech
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres launched a plan to combat hate speech and counter what he calls “a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred” around the world.
Facebook bans ‘dangerous individuals’ cited for hate speech
After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on ‘dangerous individuals.’
Social media companies step up removals of online hate speech: EU
Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech on their platforms in response to EU pressure to do more to tackle the issue, results of an EU evaluation seen by Reuters showed.
Hate speech, racism-triggered violence on rise in France: CoE
The Council of Europe (CoE) has voiced concern about the high level of hate speech in France and violence motivated by racism in the country.

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