Rate of Posts’ Removals by Social Media Platforms Across European Union Countries

Source: European Commission. Sixth Evaluation on the Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online (Brussels: European Commission, 2021)
Topic: Hate Speech
Reference year: 2016-2021
Geographical area: European Union
Method: Self-reporting
Link to original document: ec.europa.eu
The chart shows the per cent of reviewed posts which social media platforms removed in each of six monitoring periods, by European Union member state. The results are based on data reported by social media platforms participating in the European Commission's Code of conduct. Removal rates ranged from as high as 100% to as low as 0%. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. In 2021, three organisations from the United Kingdom took part to the monitoring exercise, with an overall average removal rate of 43%.
Notes: The data from Belgium, Greece, Ireland (2019) and Malta (2021) is not included in the chart due to the too low number of notifications made to companies (<20). In 2019, Malta, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Denmark organisations did not submit cases for the exercise, while same applies for Slovenia, Cyprus, Finland, Luxembourg, and Denmark organisations in 2021.