The law allows for fines of up to €1.25 million but critics say it would curtail the democratic right to freedom of expression.
The bill would require companies like Facebook and YouTube to report anti-Semitism, threats of violence and rape and images of sexual abuse to the police.
Swiss voters have approved by a wide margin a measure that will make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.
A Facebook post showing a photograph of a gay couple kissing triggered hundreds of online hate comments, including death threats. The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Lithuania for failing to prosecute perpetrators.
Hate speech is "an obnoxious phenomenon of our time" and "has no place" in Austria, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Twitter.
The recent European elections show that many countries in Europe are struggling to contain the rise of far-right populist parties antagonistic towards democracy. In Ireland, however, democracy has a spring in its step.
What happened "will be shown to be directly related to the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet and elsewhere," the lawyer said.
We have lectured other countries that the best way to limit violent radicalism is to attack its funding. It's time to take our own advice.
A Belgian MEP and a hate speech advisor debate over who's right.
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The European Commission has praised the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for their progress on the swift removal of illegal hate speech
Online hate is rampant, but a French bill in development for this year is trying to limit it. Here's how.
Online hate must be combatted, and will is not enough – we must ensure the tools we are using are as optimal as they can be. Failure on either front will mean those who spread hate online win.
Hate crimes against France's Jewish community, Europe's biggest, rose by 69% in 2018 after two years of falls. The statistics have moved the French prime minister to set up special measures to tackle the problem.
A higher-than-usual social media usage at the local level can lead to a spike in violent crimes in the area, a new study has found.
In the past two months, there have been 33 alleged cases of racially targeted hate crimes in the country, compared to just 28 in 2016.
Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan reads out expletive-laden hate speech in the video, which Has so far attracted 170,000 views on Facebook.