An EU commissioner has closed down her own Facebook account as the site had become a ‘highway to hatred’ for online extremism and hate speech.
It comes after the EU warned the US firm to clamp down on online abuse or face being subjected to new regulations.
European Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Vera Jourova, said she revealed her decision to close her account to staff during a meeting on Thursday which discussed new measures with hate speech.
Ms Jourova told a news conference in Brussels: ‘When we started discussing the future code of conduct, I first met Facebook managers here and I told them I had just cancelled my Facebook account because it was the highway for hatred, and I am not willing to support it.’
Vera Jourova revealed her decision to close her account to staff during a meeting on Thursday which discussed new measures with hate speech
Ms Jourova is the Czech Republic’s selected representative on the European Commission, which is the executive and regulatory arm of the political union.
Tech giants YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook all agreed to look into suspicious content within 24 hours and remove illegal material under a code of conduct signed in May 2016.
The European Commission said more work must be done to remove hate speech and incitement to terrorism.
Ms Jourova said she could not ‘support’ Facebook, which she labelled a ‘highway of hatred’
Ms Jourova warned that new legislation may be put in place as early as next year if sufficient progress had not been made.
She added that hate speech ‘can lead to concrete violence against concrete people in real life and we must not tolerate it’.
Executives for the Silicon Valley firms recognised the need for action during a meeting with EU representatives last week, Ms Jourova said.
EU officials have grown increasing concerned with the amount of propaganda pumped out by ISIS on social media as part of their bid to coax more people into carrying out sickening attacks across Europe.
Executives for Silicon Valley firms, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, released that more must be done to clamp down on extremist material online