The European Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have developed a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.

These IT companies recognise they share, together with other platforms and social media companies, a collective responsibility for promoting and facilitating freedom of expression throughout the online world. They also understand that the spread of illegal hate speech online not only negatively affects the groups or individuals that it targets, it also negatively impacts those who speak out for freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination in our open societies and has a chilling effect on the democratic discourse on online platforms.

In order to prevent the spread of illegal hate speech, it is essential to ensure that relevant national laws combating racism and xenophobia are fully enforced by Member States in the online as well as the in the offline environment.

By signing this code of conduct, the IT companies commit to continuing their efforts to tackle illegal hate speech online. They will also strengthen their ongoing partnerships with civil society organisations who will help flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct.

To download the full Code of Conduct on the website.