France gives online firms one hour to pull ‘terrorist’ content

Social media and other websites will have just one hour to delete offending content under a new law passed by France’s parliament.

The one-hour deadline applies to content that French authorities consider to be related to terrorism or child sexual abuse.

Failing to act could result in fines of up to 4% of global revenue – billions of euros for the largest online firms.

But critics say the new law could restrict freedom of expression.

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French parliament passes law requiring social media companies delete certain content within an hour

The French parliament passed a controversial hate speech law on Wednesday that would fine social media companies if they fail to remove certain illegal content within 24 hours — and in some cases, as little as one hour.

The new regulation calls for the tech platforms to remove hateful comments — based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability, as well as sexual harassment — within 24 hours after they are flagged by users. Terrorist and child pornography content must be removed within one hour of being flagged.

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