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Europe to tech giants: Remove 'illegal content' within one hour

Europe to tech giants: Remove 'illegal content' within one hour

In a statement, the Computer and Communications Industry Association - a trade group that speaks for tech giants like Facebook and Google - said the commission's 1-hour recommendation is impossible.

"The rule of law applies just as much online as it does offline", said Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, adding that online platforms are self-regulating the removal of more illegal content than ever before.

Social media firms have come under increasing pressure from various governments and the European Union to do more to combat extremism and remove terrorist and objectionable content such as hate speech and Islamic State propaganda.

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Today, European Commission published new guidelines for social network and among them, there's a request for these websites to remove reported terrorist content within one hour (via Financial Times).

The EU and other political institutions have repeatedly pressed internet companies to do more in the fight against terrorism. "Platforms need to redouble their efforts to take illegal content off the web more quickly and efficiently". It suggests a mix of automated detection, with strong human oversight to ensure both compliance, and that content isn't being unnecessarily removed.

The operational measures, created to ensure faster detection and removal of illegal online content, and reinforce cooperation between companies, include clearer notice and action procedures; more efficient tools and proactive technologies; stronger safeguards to ensure fundamental rights; special attention to small companies; and closer cooperation with authorities. Illegal content is deleted from larger servers but then reappears on small and medium-sized platforms.

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The EC will assess the need for legislation within three months if notable improvements are not made on so-called "terrorist content", which many figureheads blame for attacks that have claimed lives in a number of European Union cities. If there is evidence of a serious criminal offense, or that illegal content could pose a threat to the life or safety of European citizens, companies should promptly inform law enforcement authorities. France and the United Kingdom may have similar legislation in the future. The spread of misinformation by Russian operatives and illegal copyrighted content on web platforms has also sparked debate in Europe and the US about the level of responsibility companies have over what users say or upload on their websites.

The commission said it would monitor what actions are taken before deciding whether it needs to press ahead with EU-wide legislation.

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