Terrorist content must be removed within the hour

Terrorist content must be removed within the hour

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THE EU has approved new measures which will force online platforms to remove terrorist content within an hour of its publication.

This will mean that Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and others, will have to remove videos and any other content which promotes or incites terrorist acts.

The aim is to prevent cases such as the death of French teacher Samuel Paty, who was killed by an Islamist terrorist near Paris in October following an online hate campaign criticising his work as a teacher.

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said “terrorists use videos – and sometimes even live streaming – of their attacks as a recruitment tool. Stopping terrorist propaganda is key for our work against radicalisation. With this Regulation, we are ensuring that what is illegal offline is illegal online.”

The Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “Today’s agreement will make the internet safer. When left online, terrorist content causes serious harm – it can motivate new attacks, radicalise people and is a means to disseminate dangerous technical expertise.

Spanish Eurodeputy from the Partido Popular, Javier Zarzalejos, added that the new regulations would be “key to preventing terrorist attacks on European soil” and highlighted that it will “save lives”.

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