Ṣeveral media firms have been questioned over how their mediums are used to spread hate. In a session with MPs, social media CEOs explained how their platforms are regulated and how they want to stop hate messages.
Social media owners grilled over usage of their platforms
Social media CEOs have been questioned by MPs why their platforms allowed hate speeches to be used to promote riots in DC. The executives of major social media platforms agreed to do more, to curtail the activities of activists and stop them from using their platforms to spread hate.
However, it seems none of these CEOs had any radical new terms to offer their users. The authorities in recent times had set stringent new policies on how social media regulates content in their platform.
“Our platform has a 24—hour technical Center where we constantly monitor the activities of suspected militants groups who use strong language for propaganda” according to Facebook VP, Monika Bicker.
Despite, the efforts of these media platforms, a plethora of white supremacist groups have been visible and vocal on Facebook and Twitter over two years.
Media platforms warned to control their platforms or face suspension
Julian Knight, an MP who is the chairman of Digital Culture and media has scrutinized three tech firms and warned that if they fail to remember to regulate these violent groups on their platform, they will be sanctioned. The MPs then asked Twitter and Facebook why it banned president Trump but left other politicians who are spreading hate messages.
The head of public policy of Twitter, Mr. pickles said it is a complex issue, and they are working hard to promote fairness. TikTok's head of public relations, Theo Bertram said that his video— streaming app hasn’t played an active role in the DC riots.
However, this was dismissed by the chairman of Home affairs, Yvette Cooper who insisted, there is enough evidence that anti-semitic messages were used on the platform on the day.