To combat radicalisation and contribute to overall security, web platforms will have to remove terrorist content within one hour of the order received by the competent authority.

This is a draft law adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg by 308 votes to 204 with 70 abstentions.

The aim is clearly to counter the misuse of Internet hosting services for terrorist purposes.

The bill shows that any material… considered terrorist content…….text, images, sound recordings or videos…… which encourages, encourages or supports the commission of terrorist offences, gives instructions to the commission of such offences

As is now customary in cases involving the digital economy (from the GDP to consumer protection) companies that systematically and persistently do not comply with the law could be fined up to 4% of their total turnover.

At the moment this is a first reading measure, which must be negotiated with the Council of Ministers for a final text, but it is a work which will be for the next European Parliament to come out of the ballot box on 26 May.

Social media in liaison with authorities

The text says that an internet company hosting content uploaded by users (they quote Facebook or YouTube) and offering its services in the EU, if it receives a removal order from the national competent authority has one hour to remove the

However, the same companies will not be obliged to monitor the information they transmit or store, nor will they actively trace evidence indicating illegal activity.

First time bonus

If a company has never received a removal order, the competent authority must contact it at least 12 hours before issuing the first order for removal of the hosted content and provide information on procedures and deadlines.

However, if a company has been subject to a considerable number of removal orders, the authorities may request additional specific measures (e.g. regular communications with authorities or staff increase).

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties agreed not to impose the obligation to monitor the content loaded or the use of automatic instruments.

According to MEPs, content disseminated for educational, journalistic or research purposes should be protected, and the expression of controversial or controversial views on sensitive political issues should not be considered as terrorist content.

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