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Parliamentary questions
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7 October 2020
Question for written answer E-005489/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sven Simon (PPE)
 Subject: The Commission’s efforts to tackle hate speech

Every day, social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram become crime scenes in that criminal offences are committed by disseminating hate speech. Public figures become the target of animosity and threats, under the guise of anonymity, which sometimes lead to physical assaults or even killings. Hate speech on social networks is a direct breach of the criminal law and indirectly creates a breeding ground for further offences. Prosecuting anonymous perpetrators is made more difficult because service providers are often unwilling to cooperate.

1. How does the Commission ensure that those affected can enforce their rights against unlawful statements and deliberate false claims on social networks even if the service provider concerned is unwilling to cooperate?

2. Does the Commission see a need to standardise service providers' direct obligations to act and engage in oversight so that hate speech can be effectively prosecuted and combated?

Original language of question: DE
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