The US Senate’s commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning.
The session was titled “Terrorism and Social Media: #IsBigTechDoingEnough?” and the answer from the majority of lawmakers was “yes.” Unfortunately.
Under intense pressure in Europe over how their systems have been used to disseminate violent and hateful comment, as well as propaganda and misinformation, the internet giants have started taking the problem seriously.
It’s amazing what real laws passed in legislative bodies can do. A new law came into effect in Germany in October that allows officials to fine social media companies up to €50m ($60m, £44m) if they fail to remove hate speech and illegal content within 24 hours. The next month, Facebook opened a second content review center in Germany with 500 staff.
With similar laws proposed in the UK and the European Union overall, suddenly a