Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech, reviewing more than two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show.

The European Union has piled pressure on social media companies to increase their efforts to fight the proliferation of extremist content and hate speech on their platforms, even threatening them with legislation.

Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube signed a code of conduct with the EU in May 2016 to review most complaints within a 24-hour timeframe. Instagram will also sign up to the code, the European Commission said.

The companies managed to review complaints within a day in 81 percent of cases, EU figures released on Friday show, compared with 51 percent in May 2017 when the Commission last monitored compliance with the code of conduct.

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