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24 October 2017

EC threatens legislation if tech companies fail to act on terrorism and hate speech

The European Commission (EC) is stepping up pressure on technology companies to increase their efforts to prevent the online dissemination of terrorist materials and content that incites violence and hatred. Guidelines for tech companies issued today call on internet and social media companies to take steps to proactively detect, remove and prevent the reposting of terrorism and hate-related content online. The intervention follows calls led by prime minister Theresa May at the UN General Assembly in New York for internet companies to use technology that will allow them to remove terrorist propaganda from the internet within two hours. The EC warned today that there was a surge of terrorist propaganda, xenophobic and racist speech, but online companies were not acting quickly enough to remove it. “The situation is not sustainable,” said Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for the digital economy and society. “In more than 28% of cases, it takes more than one week for online platforms to take down illegal content. Today we provide a ...

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