European Union data released on Thursday showed that 2022 will take longer to review hateful content, resulting in fewer content being removed than in the previous year. The EU figures were published as part of an annual assessment of online platforms’ compliance with the 27-country bloc’s code of conduct on disinformation.
We weren’t alone — most other tech companies that signed up for voluntary code also scored poorly.But the figure could foreshadow trouble for Twitter in complying with the EU’s tough new online rules after owner Elon Musk. And countless contractors responsible for content moderation and other important tasks.
A six-week EU report in the spring found that Twitter rated just over half of the notifications it received.within 24 hours, down from 82% in 2021.
By comparison, Facebook’s amount of flagged material reviewed within 24 hours dropped to 64%, Instagram’s to 56.9%, and YouTube’s to 83.3%. TikTok is the only company to improve at 92%.
The amount of hate speech removed after Twitter was flagged dropped to 45.4% from 49.8% the year before. TikTok’s takedown rate dropped by a quarter to 60%, while Facebook and Instagram dropped only slightly. Only YouTube’s removal rate increased, jumping to 90%.
European Commission Vice-President Vera Youlova said: “The declining review of notices related to illegal hate speech by social media platforms is worrying. “Online hate speech is a scourge of the digital age. Platforms must keep their promises.”
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment. The company’s European Communications emails to several staff members on his team were bounced as undeliverable.
Musk’s $44 billionLast month, it fueled widespread concern that providers of lies and disinformation would be allowed to thrive on the site. He has frequently expressed his belief that Twitter is too restrictive and has reinstated suspended accounts. .
Twitter will face more scrutiny in Europe by the middle of next year, when new EU rules aimed at protecting the online safety of internet users begin to apply to the biggest online platforms. Non-compliance can result in hefty fines of up to 6% of a company’s annual global revenue.
Alcom, the French online regulator, wrote to the company earlier this week after saying it was concerned about the impact staff retirements would have on Twitter’s “ability to maintain a safe environment for its users.” , said it received a reply from Twitter.
Arcom also asked the company to confirm that it can meet its “legal obligations” to fight online hate speech and that it is committed to implementing new EU online regulations. Arcom said it had received a response from Twitter and would “investigate their response,” but did not provide further details.
Tech companies that have signed up to the EU’s Disinformation Code have committed to measures aimed at reducing disinformation and have agreed to submit regular reports on whether they are keeping their promises, but they have not been punished. There are very few ways.