EU To Give Internet Firms 1 Hour To Remove "Extremist Content"

Microsoft PacDaddy
Sep 12, 2018 7 Comments

European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook with big fines if they don't take down extremist content within one hour.

From a report:

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech Wednesday that the Commission is proposing the new rules as part of efforts to step up the bloc's security.

He said that removing material within an hour is important because it's "the critical window in which the greatest damage is done." The EU's executive body said "propaganda that prepares, incites or glorifies acts of terrorism" must be taken offline. Content would be flagged up by national authorities, who would issue removal orders to the internet companies hosting it.

Those companies would be given one hour to delete it. The proposal, which still needs approval from EU lawmakers and member states, would be a departure for the EU, which until now has allowed online companies to a take a voluntary approach to battling extremist content.

The one-hour rule was among a series of recommendations the Commission made in March to fight the spread of extremist content online.


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TOP 7 Comments
  • Google el86
    Content to be flagged by "national authorities". Lol and Europeans wanna talk about Chinese censorship. 😂
    Sep 13, 2018 0
  • yOtx44
    One hour from flagging is far more reasonable than one hour from posting, so good on the lobbyist who got that through.
    It will be pretty much useless given the number of specialised law-enforcement officers assigned to it, compared to how much is being posted, but good on them.

    Quick question: is a company decides that a piece of contact does not violate the definition of extremist content, who decides? How fast? What is the acceptable ratio of videos flagged in error before that law is being challenged? Is there a formal (public, transcribed in local legislation) definition of extremist content that has survived exposure to… well, the combined efforts of 4chan, moot, Sacha Baron Cohen, and the Polish and Hungarian government?

    If a head of state (outside or inside of the EU) posts something objectionable, who tells Trump that he can’t do that: @jack or a professional diplomat?
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ogle
    The left can’t meme so they are want to ban it.
    Sep 12, 2018 1
    • yOtx44
      Junker (the President of the European Commission, pictured, and who supported the law) is member of the EPP, the main European *Conservative* party.
      Sep 13, 2018
  • Facebook tGTv63
    From what i know, Facebook already removes terorist content 99% of th content faster than that. And good on EU.
    Sep 12, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
      I’ve heard it also deletes content regarding their grandmothers 88th birthday too.

      Because 88 is offensive of course.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Facebook tGTv63
      Dude let's not get into this
      Sep 12, 2018