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CnaM ‘still concerned’ about online content
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01 Dec 2023 / regulation Print

CnaM ‘still concerned’ about online content

Coimisiún na Meán (CnaM) says that it has continued to speak to the main social-media platforms this week about their response to the stabbing incident in Dublin last Thursday, and the subsequent violence in the city.

The online-safety body, along with the European Commission, had met the platforms last Friday to seek information about how they had responded to the incident.

“The platforms have shared information about the speed and efficacy of their response – including some broad data on content removals,” CnaM said in an update today (1 December).

Policies and processes

The media watchdog said that, despite indications from the platforms that they had responded quickly to the spread of illegal content on their services, it remained concerned about the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, and its real-world impacts.

“We expect the platforms to remain vigilant to any use of their service that could lead to hatred or violence, and report any evidence of criminal activity to An Garda Síochána,” it stated.

“We are following up with the platforms to learn more about their policies and processes for dealing with disinformation and misinformation, so that once our powers are fully in place from 17 February 2024, we can work effectively with the European Commission to keep people safe online,” it concluded.

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