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Technology EU gives internet giants an hour to remove terrorist content

06:00  02 march  2018
06:00  02 march  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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"Considering that terrorist content is most harmful in the first hours of its appearance online, all companies should remove such content within one hour The EU and other political institutions have repeatedly pressed internet companies to do more in the fight against terrorism . For their part, the

The European Union issued internet giants an ultimatum to remove illegal online terrorist content within an hour , or risk facing new EU -wide laws. Companies were given three months to deliver on the EU ’s objectives regarding online terrorist content .

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Google, Facebook and other internet companies must remove terrorist and other illegal online content from their websites within an hour or risk facing EU legislation forcing them to do so.

The European Commission on Thursday increased the pressure on internet companies with sweeping recommendations for companies and EU nations regarding the speedy removal of all illegal content, including terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products and copyright infringement.

"Considering that terrorist content is most harmful in the first hours of its appearance online, all companies should remove such content within one hour from its referral as a general rule," the commission said in a statement.

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This also covers terrorist content , incitement to violence, counterfeit products, and copyright infringement. The new operational measures are particularly focused on terrorist content with a one- hour rule coming into force that calls on internet companies to remove extremist material within

The European Commission is expected to unveil a new regulation that would force internet giants such as Facebook and Twitter to remove terrorist content within Tech companies would then have an hour to take the flagged content down. If companies "systematically" fail to address these notices

Social media sites have become a popular conduit for terrorist groups to share their ideas and recruit people to the cause. These companies have strict rules against posting hate speech and will remove such content and accounts when they're discovered.

The EU and other political institutions have repeatedly pressed internet companies to do more in the fight against terrorism. For their part, the companies have consistently tried to step up by funding research, partnering on a shared database of images and videos that promote terrorism, and putting artificial intelligence to work at identifying content automatically.

Internet companies signed an EU-established code of conduct last year, promising to pull down illegal content within 24 hours of it being posted. But the one-hour deadline proposed Thursday is too short, said the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents companies like Google and Facebook.

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The European Union issued internet giants an ultimatum to remove illegal online terrorist content within an hour , or risk facing new EU -wide laws. Companies were given three months to deliver on the EU ’s objectives regarding online terrorist content . The regulator is weighing possible new laws

about illegal content , the European Commission on Thursday set the bar high at least when it comes to terrorist content : Pull it down within an hour . Currently, internet companies remove 70 percent of all flagged material, and most of the time within 24 hours . But the commission says the threat to

"Such a tight time limit does not take due account of all actual constraints linked to content removal and will strongly incentivize hosting services providers to simply take down all reported content," the group said in a statement.

The recommendation suggests member nations report to the commission every three months on the progress and level of cooperation they are getting from companies to curb online terrorist content. The commission said it would monitor the responses to determine whether additional steps, including legislation, would be necessary.

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