Can Trump's Twitter Account be Deleted Under the New EU Hate Speech Code?

By Anthony Rutkowski
Anthony Rutkowski

On 31 May 2016, The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft unveiled a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.

These IT Companies support the European Commission and EU Member States in the effort to respond to the challenge of ensuring that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally. Twitter's Head of Public Policy for Europe, commented: "Hateful conduct has no place on Twitter and we will continue to tackle this issue head on alongside our partners in industry and civil society."

The Code furthers the EU Framework Decision on Combatting Racism and Xenophobia criminalises the public incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin. This is the legal basis for defining illegal online content. Upon receipt of a valid removal notification, the IT Companies are obligated to review the requests against their rules and community guidelines and where necessary national laws.

Over the past several months, Republican candidate for President Donald Trump has been repeatedly identified by countless diverse authorities worldwide as engaging in textbook campaigns of incitement of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny on a massive scale — primarily via Twitter. Trump has pretty much undertaken conduct proscribed by every element of the EU Framework Decision.

Recently the Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton urged Trump to "delete your account" in response to his incessant and incorrigible behavior. So it seems worth conjecturing when and how, Trump's Twitter account might actually be deleted — at least in Europe.

By Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC

Related topics: Internet Governance, Policy & Regulation


petition @DeleteTrumpsAccount Anthony Rutkowski  –  Jun 12, 2016 12:30 AM PDT

Let's see if a global groundswell can be created