Social media companies are not doing enough

During deliberations, the Select Committee cited a UK Parliament Home Affairs Committee report - Hate Crime: Abuse, Hate And Extremism Online - published last April. Below are extracts from it:

The report said it was "shockingly easy" to find examples of material that was intended to stir up hatred against ethnic minorities on all three of the social media platforms examined - YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
The report said it was "shockingly easy" to find examples of material that was intended to stir up hatred against ethnic minorities on all three of the social media platforms examined - YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.PHOTO: REUTERS

SCALE OF THE PROBLEM

Significant strides have been made in recent years to develop a better understanding of hate and extremism on the Internet but evidence suggests the problem is getting worse. Mr Carl Miller, a research director at think-tank Demos, said hate and extremism are growing in parallel with the exponential growth of all social media.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Social media companies are not doing enough'. Print Edition | Subscribe