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Monday, 21 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The danger of violent right-wing extremism (in the light of the recent events in Halle, Germany) (debate)

  Samira Rafaela (Renew). – Madam President, above all in having this debate, our thoughts are with the victims in the attack in Halle and their loved ones.

Across the world, right-wing extremism is threatening various groups in our society – from Christchurch to Halle, you are dealing with people who think they are superior because of their race, gender and beliefs. We all know what this kind of thinking leads to. Far-right internet platforms make it much easier to nurture their hateful world view, and social media are the weapon they use to spread their awful ideas.

Therefore, we need to demand openness and cooperation of social media platforms and tech companies. Algorithms need to be open so that we can understand what drives the spread of information which terrorists use to their advantage. So I call upon the Commission to push big tech companies and internet platforms to disclose this information and provide transparency.

Last updated: 9 December 2019Legal notice