INSTAGRAM: No More Hate Speech
Instagram, a few years ago was a major playground for non ethical and varied sublime activity especially Hate Speech for net users who would pollute any given social media platform.
The phenomenon changed very slowly and with Facebook buying Instagram (popularly known as IG and Insta) the need for ethics on Instagram arose as parents and user groups debated against hate speech. Things are changing with Facebook now making a probe on US Congress’ continual efforts and apologizing regarding its social network policing after almost half of the offensive traffic was not dealt appropriately by its moderators.
Instagram the Facebook-owned company has now taken mentionable steps along-with Google+ to curb and remove Hate Speech within 24 hours of it being reported. This is in code of conduct alignment with European Commission addressing illegal or offensive hate speech.
“The Internet must be a safe place, free from illegal hate speech, free from xenophobic and racist content,” said Vĕra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
“The Code of Conduct is now proving to be a valuable tool to tackle illegal content quickly and efficiently.
“This shows that where there is a strong collaboration between technology companies, civil society and policy makers we can get results, and at the same time, preserve freedom of speech.
“I expect IT companies to show similar determination when working on other important issues, such as the fight with terrorism, or unfavourable terms and conditions for their users.”
According to European Commission Facebook, Youtube and Microsoft have committed to the code.
Blanket removal of posts may be a sort of hindrance to Freedom of Speech some debate. Freedom of speech has to be limited at some point where it crosses the line and becomes offensive. Race, colour, religion, descent and national or ethnic origin are some of the main subjects that incite violence and hatred, disturbing a social order of a society’s beliefs culture and ethics.
Most of hate speech reported by internet users and various other sources has been removed as the commission mentioned. A constant rate of success since May 2016 since the EU Commission began the mission to make internet a more home friendly space is witnessed.
The same is being implemented by PTA in Pakistan towards efforts to maintain a conducive social media environment. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has taken serious steps to tackle the issue of inappropriate content and Hate Speech being reported on daily basis and is giving unprecedented results for now.