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New EU rules for quick removal of terrorist content online

A new law to address the dissemination of terrorist content online has been approved by the European Parliament.

The new regulation will target content such as texts, images, sound recordings or videos, including live transmissions, that incite, solicit or contribute to terrorist offences, provide instructions for such offences or solicit people to participate in a terrorist group.

It will also cover material that provides guidance on how to make and use explosives, firearms and other weapons for terrorist purposes.

Setting a target for hosting service providers of removing such content within one hour, the guidance also says that internet platforms will not have a general obligation to monitor or filter content. However, when competent national authorities have established a hosting service provider is exposed to terrorist content, the company will have to take specific measures to prevent its propagation. It will then be up to the service provider to decide what specific measures to take to prevent this from happening, and there will be no obligation to use automated tools.

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