World Bulletin / News Desk
An EU commissioner admitted Thursday to cancelling her account on Facebook because it was a "highway for hatred", as the bloc warned US internet giants to tackle online abuse or risk regulation.
"When we started discussing the future code of conduct, I first met Facebook managers here and I told them I had just cancelled my Facebook account because it was the highway for hatred, and I am not willing to support it," she told a news conference in Brussels.
Jourova is the Czech Republic's representative on the European Commission, the executive and regulatory arm of the 28-nation EU.
Google's YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook signed up to the code of conduct in May 2016, promising to look at suspicious content within 24 hours and remove illegal material.
But the European Commission said further work was needed and proposed new ways for the firms to more quickly remove hate speech and incitement to terrorism.
If they fail to comply, the EU could introduce legislation to curb it as early as next year, Jourova said.
Hate speech "can lead to concrete violence against concrete people in real life and we must not tolerate it," Jourova said.
She said executives she met last week during a visit to California's Silicon Valley all recognised the need for action to curb hate speech.
EU officials have reacted with growing alarm at the so-called Islamic State's use of social media to recruit people willing to carry out a growing wave of attacks in Europe.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump said
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An abandoned mining town in California went on sale for $ 1.4 million
Roughly 80 percent of Iraq’s crude oil exports originate from oilfields in Basra province
Kerem Shalom is Gaza's only functioning commercial crossing
More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March
Resources strained as thousand crossing into Canada from US
American Civil Liberties Union granted request to halt deportations for one week after reunification
Trump declared that US-Russian relations have turned a corner after a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he described as "open, direct and deeply productive".
Operation is aimed at restoring confidence after last year’s illegitimate poll on Kurdish regional independence
The U.S. State Department is negotiating a potential deal to sell Turkey the Raytheon Co Patriot missile defense system as an alternative to the Russian-made S-400 system Turkey has agreed to purchase, an official said on Monday.
ISIL still maintains a limited presence in northern and western Iraq
90 more migrants in critical condition found inside shipping containers
Obama arrived in his father's native Kenya on Sunday, where he paid courtesy calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Tensions have steadily mounted in southern Iraqi province over unemployment and lack of basic services