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EU Pushing Tough Laws for Social Media

The Guardian

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are facing tough new pan-European laws, forcing them to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos or face steep fines.

European Union ministers approved proposals from the European Commission on Tuesday, which seek to tackle the rise in objectionable videos posted to social media platforms.

The proposed rules, which still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law, are the first at EU-level on the issues of hate speech and sexually explicit video.

The rules are not yet public and now enter what is known as “trialogue” – discussions between negotiators from the EC, the European parliament and the Council of the European Union – in the next few weeks.

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