Guterres calls for ‘guardrails’ to prevent online hate speech – Xinhua

Guterres calls for ‘guard rails’ to stop hate speech online

Xinhua News Agency, United Nations, January 27 (Reporter Wang Jiangang) UN Secretary-General Guterres called for the establishment of “guard rails” in the online world on the 27th to prevent the spread of hate speech, extremist ideology and misinformation.

Guterres warned at the “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” commemoration held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York that day that the online world has accelerated the spread of hate speech, extremist ideology and misinformation around the world. Many corners of the internet have become “toxic dumping grounds for hatred and vicious lies,” fueled by social media platforms and associated advertisers.

Guterres called on technology companies, policymakers, the media and other relevant parties to take more steps to prevent the spread of hate speech and other information, and to establish enforceable “guardrails” in the online world.

During World War II, Nazi Germany established the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, and approximately 1.1 million people, including a large number of Jews, were killed in the concentration camp. On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. On November 1, 2005, the plenary meeting of the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution, deciding to designate January 27 each year as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”.

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