TikTok, the new social network phenomenon, has joined Monday, the Code of good practice of the EU on hate speech online and misinformation, while the giants of digital are trying to persuade Europe to waive additional legislation.
“We are proud to adhere (Code of conduct) in order to bring our share,” said Theo Bertram, in charge of relations with the authorities in Europe.
Facebook, Twitter, and Google have participated in the creation of the Code of conduct in 2016 in which the companies undertake to evaluate quickly the content of their platforms, and to report and remove any illegal content.
The giants of the digital are eager to demonstrate the success of the Code of conduct, because they fear surveillance more direct from Brussels on their daily operations.
“Today’s announcement shows once more that the internet companies take their responsibilities seriously and are willing to participate,” said Siada El Ramly, the head of EDiMA, lobby in brussels of the major social networks of americans.
The accession of the chinese TikTok comes on the same day as the publication of the EU annual report on the implementation of this Code of good practice.
This report shows that 90 % of the content reported to the signatories has been evaluated in 24 hours, a significant improvement compared to 40 % in 2016.
And 71% of the content is confirmed as hate speech illegal has been removed successfully, compared to 26 % in 2016.
The european Commission, the executive arm of the EU, is preparing a new Legislation on digital services ” (” Digital Act “), that would make punishable by law all poor management of illegal content.
This legislation which is to come “will make a difference,” assured the european commissioner for Justice, mr Didier Reynders.
This could include “hard” measures for the platforms, encouraged to ” clarify how they support the hate speech on their platforms “, he explained in a press release from the Commission.
The giants of the digital could be enhanced by the censorship by the constitutional Council of a new French law on hate speech online. The high authority considered that the measure providing for the platforms and search engines, the obligation to remove them under 24 hours for the content to be “manifestly” illegal, under penalty of being fined, was contrary to the freedom of expression.
This act was seen as a potential model for the european legislation on digital services, which adopted could become a model for the regulation of the giants of the digital world.