Commission to unveil new rules for companies to take down terror content

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A close-up image showing the Facebook app on an iPhone in Kaarst, Germany, 08 November 2017

Commission to unveil new rules for companies to take down terror content


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After the first College of Commissioners rendezvous following the summer break, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova announced that the European Commission is set to unveil new rules that could force internet companies to take down suspected terror content.

Jourova told reporters that a non-binding European Code of Conduct, that is already in place, has been working on encouraging platforms to delete hate speech. According to Jourova, we should have “absolute certainty that all platforms and all IT providers will delete terrorist content.”

The Commission agreed on a set of anti-terror parameters with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube in 2016. Messaging app Snapchat has since also announced that it plans to work with Brussels.

“We simply cannot rely on the voluntary action of IT providers,” said Jourova, suggesting that the European Commission is poised to unveil its new set of regulations later this month.

Brussels had already warned companies in March about a set of rules that the Commission said it would introduce before the end of the year. Companies were given three months to demonstrate that they were actively taking extremist content at a faster rate than before the Commission’s announcement.

“Regarding terrorist content, we came to the conclusion that it is simply too serious of a threat for European people (to ignore),” said Jourova.

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