EU adopts law giving tech giants one hour to remove terrorist content

The European Parliament on Wednesday (28 April) formally adopted without a vote controversial legislation which forces online platforms to remove terrorist content within an hour of it being flagged.

The regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, which was adopted in the face of opposition from several organisations and MEPs, includes an obligation for digital platforms to remove “terrorist content or disable access to terrorist content in all member states as soon as possible and in any event within one hour of receipt of the removal order.”

These “removal orders” must come from the “competent authority” of each EU country and can be addressed to all member states.

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Online terrorist content law wins EU lawmakers’ backing amid rights concerns [registration]
A proposed EU law that forces Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove terrorist content within an hour of publication cleared its final hurdle after EU lawmakers gave their backing despite concerns from civil rights groups.

The European Commission had proposed the law in 2018, worried about the role of such content after a series of attacks by radicalised lone-wolf attackers in several European cities.

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