ORG response to Home Affairs Committee report on hate speech and Internet companies

Executive Director, Jim Killock said: 

“This report is very imbalanced. While social media companies have serious obligations to deal with illegal content, they also have a duty to make sure any censorship they conduct is correct.

“The report assumes that identifying extremist content is a simple matter for technology to deliver.

“MPs need to be extremely careful as financial and legal incentives to censor material would almost inevitably leads to removal of legal material, including, for example, commentary opposing terrorism, that simply uses some of the same images or texts.”

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