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    The siege of the US Capitol heralds tougher brakes on social media, says the EU commissioner

    The assault on the United States Capitol heralds an era of stricter regulations on social media, said EU Commissioner Thierry Breton, comparing the violence with the 9/11 attacks, which led to a global crackdown of terrorism. “Just as 9/11 marked a paradigm shift for global security, 20 years later we are seeing a before and after in the role of digital platforms in our democracy,” wrote the Internal Market Commissioner in a column for Politico.

    Twitter permanently cut US President Donald Trump’s personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers on Friday, citing the risk of further incitement to violence after Trump urged thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol. “If there was anyone out there who still doubted that online platforms have become systemic players in our societies and democracies, last week’s events on Capitol Hill” were their response, Breton wrote.

    By blocking Trump’s account, social media companies have finally recognized their responsibility, duty and means to prevent the spread of illegal viral content, he added. “They can no longer hide their responsibility to the company by claiming that they simply provide hosting services,” said the EU executive member.

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    Hungary, meanwhile, has criticized Twitter for interfering with official accounts after suspending the Budapest government account in September. “Today, their censors raised the bar, removed nearly 200 of my followers without explanation,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told Twitter. “Great Tech it preaches tolerance and pluralism. They talk the talk but don’t walk down the street. “

    In December, the European Commission announced draft rules to rein in tech giants like Alphabet’s Google. Facebook, Apple and Amazon. The new rules would force companies to do more to tackle illegal content such as hate speech and willful manipulation of platforms.

    (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

    News Highlights:

    • “If there was anyone out there who still doubted that online platforms have become systemic players in our societies and democracies, last week’s events on Capitol Hill” were their response, Breton wrote. By blocking Trump’s account, social media companies have finally recognized their responsibility, duty and means to prevent the spread of illegal viral content, he added.
    • The siege of the US Capitol heralds tougher brakes on social media, says the EU commissioner
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