Online terrorist content to be removed within hour under new EU regulation

Online terrorist content to be removed within hour under new EU regulation
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The EU’s terrorist content regulation enters into force Tuesday, 7 June, stating that online platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have an hour to remove flagged terrorist content. The regulation was passed in 2021 as a measure to prevent terrorist propaganda and violence-inciting content from spreading unchecked.

Public authorities such as law enforcement, interior ministries and Europol can now require a platform or cloud services to remove specific posts, music, livestreams, photos and videos inciting violence and glorifying terrorist attacks.

Any country in the EU can report a violation, which then gives the tech company an hour to act.

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If companies regularly fail to comply with the regulations, they can face a fine of up to 4% of their global revenue.

Users whose content is deleted would be informed and be able to contest the decision. Digital rights activists have complained these regulations may stifle free speech.


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