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EU: Facebook and Twitter must do more to protect users

From Engadget - February 15, 2018

The commission noted that Google's latest changes on Google+ are now in line with its demands. However, it is baffled that that Facebook and especially Twitter still have not fully complied, despite making some positive steps. "I am pleased that the enforcement of EU rules to protect consumers by national authorities is bearing fruit, as some companies are now making their platforms safer for consumers," said Vera Jourov, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. "However, it is unacceptable that this is still not complete and it is taking so much time."

I am pleased that the enforcement of EU rules to protect consumers by national authorities is bearing fruit ... however, it is unacceptable that this is still not complete and it is taking so much time.

On the plus side of the ledger, last month the EU commended social networks for removing hate speech in a more timely manner. It has also properly informed consumers that they can take Facebook, Twitter and other sites to court in the EU, not California. Those were crucial issues, but another pressing matter is the huge number of scams -- and Facebook and Twitter are still abdicating their responsibilities there, the EU said.

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