Off late, intolerance has been rising globally. Acts of intolerance are being observed across the planet as a large number of people have been expressing their views with violence. While the issue has been blown out of proportions, tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter have been feeling the wrath of it all. With rising levels of intolerance, these tech companies have been facing the brunt of the anger of governments which have been asking these companies to pull down ‘objectionable content’ and hate speech. This has become a global trend off late.
Twitter and Facebook saw massive outrages against them. Twitter was even fined by the Government of Turkey over the issue. (You can read the complete story HERE). Facebook, too has been facing major public outrage for being unable to remove hate speech from their platform, as they faced acts of vandalism in Germany. Facebook’s Germany based office was vandalized over the issue. While no cause has been known for the attack on Facebook office, it is being expected it was because of them being unable to pull down the hate speech. (You can read our complete coverage of the story HERE)
Facebook, Google and Twitter have all promised the country of Germany that, “as a rule,” they’ll delete criminal forms of hate speech (such as inciting people to violence) within 24 hours. These acts of hate speech have increased ever since the refugee crisis began, and racism has been on a rise. While Facebook had earlier denied that they had broken no laws by not removing hate speech from their platform, they already have policies against these hate speeches. The companies are all adjusting their local policies to match with German laws.
Usually, the social media firms are against censorship of all kinds, as censorship always leads to dictatorship. However, an exception is being made this time around and hate speech is being pulled off all social media.