>> Consciously failing. British lawmakers posting their comment on online policing by social media giants. A parliamentary body saying that the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should hire more people to monitor online content. The findings focused on material involving hate speech and inciting violence. Reuters' Tom Bergin says the Home Affairs Select Committee report isn't the first and probably won't be the last of its kind.
>> The Home Select Committee made it very clear that they thought it was inappropriate. That companies which were deriving billions in dollars of revenues were committing relatively little to tackling this problem. That's a view which seems to be increasingly widespread. The European Parliament took a vote the end of last year in which it sought to make the companies more accountable.
>> Their findings are currently non-binding, but they are expected to form part of a new British government counter-extremism bill. The recommendations include having staff working alongside police to block and remove offending posts quicker. The Internet giants are unlikely to take kindly to such changes.>> The great advantage these companies have over old school media companies of course is that the user's generate the content.
So the content is free. And secondly, that they're not held accountable for the material that appears in their sites and in the way that all media companies are. If we move to a situation whereby suddenly they are going to be held much more accountable for what appears on their website, that could have big cost implications for them.
>> For years, Facebook, Twitter and Google have relied on user complaints to identify hate speech. In May, they moved to block violent propaganda automatically within 24 hours. But there's growing pressure to do more when it comes to further changes for Internet firms, the writing might be on the wall.