UK Lawmakers Criticize Social Media over Response to Extremist Content


(Reuters) — Social media were heavily criticized by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place.

Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been criticized over their moderation policies after high-profile cases in which violent or abusive material has been posted online and, in some cases, not been removed even after they were notified.

The committee’s report said it had found repeated examples of extremist material, including from banned jihadist and neo-Nazi groups not being removed, even after it had been reported.

“Social media companies’ failure to deal with illegal and dangerous material online is a disgrace,” said Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee.

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