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EU considers 60-minute deadline for social networks to remove terrorist content

By: MENA
Tue, Aug. 21, 2018
LONDON - 21 August 2018: The European Commission is considering imposing an hour-long deadline for social networks to remove terrorist and extremist content to avoid the risk of being fined, the Financial Times reported Monday.

The social networks will need to detect and remove content such as videos, images, audio, and potentially live streams which promote or encourage extremism.

EU security commissioner Julian King said that the EU would "take stronger action in order to protect our citizens".

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

King said the law would apply to small social media apps as well as the bigger players.

"Platforms have differing capabilities to act against terrorist content and their policies for doing so are not always transparent," he added.

If the EU's proposed regulation is approved, it will be the first time the European Commission has explicitly targeted tech firms' handling of illegal content.
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