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Google, Facebook and Twitter discuss hate crime

14 March 2017

The Home Affairs Committee presses social media companies on their response to online abuse and hate crime.

Witnesses

Tuesday 14 March 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 2.15pm

  • Peter Barron, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, Google Europe, the Middle East and Africa
  • Simon Milner, Policy Director for the UK, Middle East and Africa, Facebook
  • Nick Pickles, Senior Public Policy Manager for UK and Israel, Twitter

Chair's comment

Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"We've seen too many cases of vile online hate crimes, harassment or threats where social media companies have failed to act.

It cannot be beyond the wit and means of multi-billion dollar social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google to develop ways to better protect users from hatred and abuse. They have a duty to do so. We will be asking the companies about specific cases, why they didn't act, and what they intend to do about it now."

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