EU piles pressure on internet giants to remove extremist content
Posted in: Government & Policy at 02/03/2018 22:11
Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies must show the European Union within three months that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.
Several governments have increased pressure on social media companies to do more to remove illegal content -- from material related to groups such as Islamic state and incitement to commit atrocities -- and the sector has increased efforts to demonstrate its progress.
EU gives Facebook and Google three months to tackle extremist content
The European Union has given Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies three months to show that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.
Social media firms have come under increasing pressure from various governments and the EU to do more to combat extremism and remove terrorist and objectionable content such as hate speech and Islamic State propaganda. But now the EU has given them a target and a deadline.
Europe to tech giants: Remove ‘illegal content’ within one hour
The European Commission (EC) earlier today issued guidelines and recommendations for the rapid removal of “illegal content” from websites accessible within Europe. The move is aimed primarily — though not exclusively — at terrorist propaganda.