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European Union Requesting Internet Companies Do More to Remove Extremist and Illegal Content

Category: General News
Posted: 10:38AM

There is an unimaginable amount of content on the Internet and while much of it is good or innocuous, there is also content that is illegal and promoting hate. While Internet companies, like Google, Facebook, and Twitter do act to remove such content from their respective platforms, the European Commission has recommended new measures for these companies to take. Among these recommendations is one that extremist content should be taken down within an hour of the company being notified of its existence.

As it is, these recommendations are not binding, but European courts could consider them and after a time period the Commission will consider actual legislation, depending on the companies' responses. For "terrorist content" the companies have just three months to show improvements, but for other illegal content they have six months.

In addition to these recommendations, there have also be calls to implement proactive measures to identify and remove illegal content, such as automated detection.

Source: Reuters

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