EU pressures internet giants to remove illegal content sooner

The European Commission on Thursday outlined how firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter should remove illegal content more quickly from the Web, increasing pressure on the companies to do more.

The spread of illegal content on the Web, whether because it infringes copyright, involves counterfeit goods or contains threatening material, has sparked a heated debate in Europe between those who want online media firms to do more to tackle it and those who fear it could impinge on free speech.

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European Commission Demands Social Media Tackle Illegal Content
In guidelines issued Thursday, the commission asked the online platforms to appoint contact persons that would allow them to be reached quickly with requests to remove illegal content.

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