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Jewish groups welcome Facebook, Twitter pledge to crack down on hate speech

Jewish groups are welcoming a pledge by four internet giants to remove online hate speech, though some are questioning the firms’ commitment to act.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft on Tuesday signed a code of conduct with the European Commission that requires them to delete the majority of reported illegal hate speech within 24 hours, The Telegraph reported.

The European Jewish Congress offers an “enthusiastic welcome” to code of conduct” in a statement Tuesday. The World Jewish Congress reacts more coolly in a statement the same day, voicing “skepticism about the commitment of these firms to effectively police their respective platforms.”

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and others “already have clear guidelines in place aimed at preventing the spread of offensive content, yet they have so far utterly failed to properly implement their own rules,” the CEO of the World Jewish Congress, Robert Singer says in the statement.

— JTA

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