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Social media platforms face a reckoning over hate speech

Social media platforms face a reckoning over hate speech

For years, social media platforms have fuelled political polarisation and hosted an explosion of hate speech. Now, with four months until the US presidential election and the country's divisions reaching a boiling point, these companies are upping their game against bigotry and threats of violence. What's not yet clear is whether this action is too little, too late — nor whether the pressure on these companies, including a growing advertiser boycott, will be enough to produce lasting change.

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