So­cial me­dia to have 1 hour to re­move ter­ror pro­pa­ganda: Euro­pean Union bill

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Strasbourg, France - The Euro­pean Union on Wed­nes­day pro­posed steps to force so­cial net­works and web­sites to re­move ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda within an hour of re­ceiv­ing the or­der from au­thor­i­ties, or com­pa­nies like Face­book and Twit­ter could face mas­sive fines.

The leg­is­la­tion pro­posed by Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker marks a tough­en­ing ap­proach af­ter Brussels had re­lied on In­ter­net firms to vol­un­tar­ily re­move such con­tent. The In­ter­net has be­come a ma­jor tool for ex­trem­ists car­ry­ing out at­tacks that have killed hun­dreds of peo­ple in Euro­pean cities in re­cent years.

“Euro­peans rightly ex­pect their Union to keep them safe,” Juncker told the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in his an­nual state of the union speech. “This is why the Com­mis­sion is to­day propos­ing new rules to get ter­ror­ist con­tent off the Web within one hour - the crit­i­cal win­dow in which the great­est dam­age is done.”

The EU’s ex­ec­u­tive arm said that in Jan­uary alone, nearly 7,000 new pieces of pro­pa­ganda dis­sem­i­nated on­line from the Is­lamic State group, even as it has been driven out of most of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

The com­mis­sion pro­posal calls for a ‘legally bind­ing one­hour dead­line’ for firms to re­move ter­ror­ist con­tent once au­thor­i­ties or­der them to do so.

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