Internet platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon Marketplace face regulation over their contracts with other businesses by the end of the year, under possible new EU legislation announced today (10 May).
The European Commission will propose legislation later this year to get rid of national restrictions that prevent data from moving between EU countries, following calls from more than a dozen member states to crack down.
Netflix and other video-on-demand platforms could be required to include a minimum 30% of European content—more than the Commission's proposed 20% quota, if new broadcasting rules follow a report approved yesterday (25 April) by MEPs in the Culture Committee.
A new draft German law would fine social media firms up to €50 million if they fail to remove hate speech, jumping ahead of EU plans. The European Commission is still weighing up whether it will propose rules to crack down on online hate speech.
Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has risen in popularity but for certain branches of the movement parliamentary politics don’t actually matter, as they want to bring down the establishment, not join it, explains Paul Simon.
British police said on Wednesday (25 January) they had arrested a man on suspicion of sending racial abuse to the woman who won the court battle that means Prime Minister Theresa May must get parliament's approval before starting the Brexit process.
US tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday (4 December).
Ukraine's parliament today (17 November) refused to back a European hate crimes law because its references to sexual orientation and gender violated what many lawmakers said were basic Christian values.
A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has sparred with a human rights campaigner and caused an outcry on Twitter after writing that pigs' heads along the border fence erected by Hungary to keep out migrants would make an effective deterrent.
From enabling mass incursions of privacy, to connecting terrorists and paedophiles, to facilitating cybercrime and lending anonymity to bullies and trolls, the net has a darker side, which needs to be tackled, writes Thorbjørn Jagland.
Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook said they will remove posts containing hate speech within 24 hours as part of a new agreement organised by the European Commission to counter extremism on the internet.
Lutz Bachmann, one of the founders of the German xenophobic PEGIDA movement, was put on trial in Dresden yesterday (18 April). The prosecution accuses him of having repeatedly harassed refugees and migrants on social media and inciting hatred. EurActiv Germany reports.
Politicians who use derogatory language about refugees and migrants may be responsible for causing violence and racism, UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein warned yesterday (27 October).
The Council of Europe is concerned about a rise in racism in Austria. Certain political parties and organisations, as well as media outlets, are cultivating a chauvinistic discourse. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The animosity on social networks towards minorities and refugees increases by the week. Germany's justice minister has once again demanded that Facebook and Twitter crack down on xenophobic content, while the Greens called for a "Facebook police" to be set up. EURACTIV Germany reports.