By: Daniel Tully, BloombergNews.com – Facebook has long been a bastion of free speech, but the social network is under pressure from lawmakers in both the U.S. and Europe to make its platform more responsive to the needs of citizens and users.
A draft law introduced in the U.-Korean Parliament on Monday would allow users to “block” accounts that do not comply with social network rules and limit the number of people who can join an account.
The draft law, which was drafted in consultation with Facebook and Google, would make it easier for citizens to report illegal activity, including hate speech, pornography and harassment, and would also require Facebook to remove content that is deemed offensive.
Facebook is already subject to pressure from U.K. lawmakers, who are pushing to make it harder for the company to delete posts and content that are deemed offensive to the group of 4.3 million people that makes up Facebook’s user base.
Last week, lawmakers in the European Parliament also passed a motion calling for Facebook to delete “offensive content” that violates its guidelines.
The U.k. parliament’s motion is expected to be passed by the European parliament on Tuesday.
“We are not just concerned about Facebook.
We are concerned about our society,” said Joanna Platt, the European commissioner for freedom of information and digital economy.
Facebook has been struggling to keep up with the changing needs of its users and is working to improve its services.
The company has said it is working with authorities to make sure it does not violate the law.
In October, Facebook updated its rules to give users a greater ability to block accounts they do not agree with.
It said that in a “general” situation, users have the option to block an account that violates the terms of service.
The changes have helped the social networking giant to stay ahead of regulators in the United States and Europe, which are concerned that it will allow the spread of racist, hateful and violent content.
Facebook said it has made significant progress in helping users with hate speech and other issues, but noted that it does have challenges with blocking accounts.