Commissioner says voluntary code could be scrapped in favour of legislation and sanctions

A loss of trust in Facebook in the light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal could prompt the EU to scrap its voluntary code of conduct on the removal of online hate speech in favour of legislation and heavy sanctions, the European commission has said.

The EU’s executive arm is examining how to have hateful content removed swiftly by social media platforms, with tough legislation being one option that could replace the current system.

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