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Silicon tech companies agree to 'code of conduct' for hate speech in EU




The U.S.’s biggest social media and internet companies have agreed to enforce a code of conduct for so-called hate speech in Europe.
The U.S.’s biggest social media and internet companies have agreed to enforce a code of conduct for so-called hate speech in Europe.
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The U.S.’s biggest social media and internet companies have agreed to enforce a code of conduct for so-called hate speech in Europe.

Though even so-called hate speech is protected in the US, that's not the case in much of Europe. Now, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft have agreed to quickly remove what European countries say is illegal hate speech.

The companies have also agreed to promote “counter-narratives” to hate speech that's posted. What does that mean? And how do companies that champion free speech square that claim with this deal?

Guests: 

Amar Toor, Paris based reporter for The Verge, an online publication covering technology, science, art, and culture.

Estelle Masse, EU policy analyst at Access Now, an international advocacy group dedicated to an open and free Internet.