Illegal content

Social media giants 'shamefully far' from tackling illegal content

Hate speech, terror recruitment videos and sexual images of children all took too long to be removed, said theĀ Home Affairs Select Committee report.

The government should consider making the sites help pay to police content, it said.

But a former Facebook executive told the BBC the report "bashes companies" but offers few real solutions.

Germany warns social media firms over illegal content

Germany's justice minister has drafted a law that seeks to impose the fines as part of efforts to police toxic chat.

Heiko Maas said the voluntary efforts of social networks to tackle the problem had not gone far enough.

The proposal requires sites to run 24-hour helplines and to delete flagged content within seven days.

'Utterly impossible'

Social media firms such as Twitter and Facebook were getting better at handling illegal content, said Mr Maas, but both had a long way to go.