The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (“the IT companies”) today unveil a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.
The Commission will broker a new Alliance to better protect children online, as part of its efforts to encourage industry to develop codes of conduct to support the implementation of the EU's updated audiovisual rules.
Safer Internet Day is being celebrated today in over 100 countries, including the USA for the first time. Vice-President Neelie Kroes will reward the creators of the best online content for kids and, together with INSAFE, will launch a Youth Manifesto on how to make a better Internet based on ideas from young people.
2013 was a busy year for the CEO Coalition: In January 2013 it committed to work in five areas and made recommendations to make the Internet a better and safer place for kids. In June, the executives of the CEO Coalition meet with Vice-President Kroes and agree to cooperate - not compete - for a better Internet for Kids. One year on, in January 2014 the companies come back with progress reports.
Following their individual commitments in Januray 2013, the companies implemented a series of measures in five areas:
- simple and robust reporting tools;
- age-appropriate privacy settings;
- wider use of content classification;
- wider availability and use of parental controls;
- effective takedown of child abuse material.
Detailed reports of these action are to be found in attached documents.