EU Set to Legislate on Terror Content

The European Commission to force social networks to take down the terror content within an hour, in light of the apparent failure of self-regulation.

Security commissioner, Julian King, told the FT on Sunday that he had “not seen enough progress” from the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter on that issues guidelines that were tightened back in the March.

“We cannot afford to relax or become complacent in the face of such a shadowy and destructive phenomenon,” he claimed.

Earlier, the Commission promised to review the guidelines in just three months and draw up the legislation if it felt self-regulation wasn’t working.

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This part of the challenge that appears to be the lack of consistency in how much material is handed depending on the content platform that is involved.

“The difference in size and resources means platform have differing capabilities to act against the terrorist content and their policies for doing so are not always transparent,” said King. “All this leads to such a content continuing to proliferate across the internet, reappearing once deleted and spreading from platform to platform.”

However, the report claimed that even inside the commission, there are few who believe that self-regulation has actually been very successful.

Google has claimed that 90% of the terror content is automatically flagged and removed from its popular platform YOUTUBE with over half of their videos garnering fewer than 10 views.

Facebook has also claimed that 1.9 million pieces of content that promotes ISIS and Al-Qaeda were detected in just first quarter of 2018.

Germany has already passed a hate speech law which mandates social network take down “obviously illegal” content, which do includes the fake news, terror posts and racist material, within an hour or risk a €50m fine.

The European Commission proposals reportedly being drafted that would of course need to pass the European Parliament and gain the success approval from the majority of the member states to become law.

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