Social media have 1 hour to remove terror propaganda: EU bill

Leroy Wright
September 14, 2018

The President of the European Commission was greeted by a standing ovation and wave of applause when he finished his fourth and final speech by telling member states he would "love Europe forever".

Boosting the role of the euro as a reserve currency would also create a means of skirting United States sanctions that it disagrees with, such as those slapped back on Tehran by Trump when he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year in the face of bitter European opposition.

Firms increasingly rely on a mix of machine learning, artificial intelligence and human moderators to spot and delete extremist content.

The bloc's executive arm Wednesday proposed new legislation that would create a legal obligation for any online service to remove terrorist content within an hour of being notified of its presence, and to install automated systems to prevent removed content from popping up again.

Juncker insisted that no single member state could have created Galileo alone, saying: "Without Europe there would be no Galileo".

By suggesting that a harmonised legal framework will facilitate the provision of online services across the Digital Single Market, the Commission is hoping to ensure a level playing field for all service providers in the European Union and provide a solid legal framework for the detection and removal of terrorist content. Providers based outside the European Union will need to appoint a legal representative to handle their obligations. In particular, the regulation provides unnecessary leeway for tech companies to shirk their duties when it comes to removing unsafe content.

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A code of conduct is being drawn up that will recommend that member states seek more transparency from social media platforms about those micro-targeting individuals on social media with messages and news.

For questions of migration, he called on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, now held by Austria, to take definitive action on migration reform, so as to put an end to "ad-hoc" arrangements whenever a new migrant boat arrived. Until now, the European Union has asked for voluntary cooperation from tech companies to speed up their removal of terrorist content from their services. The proposal would oblige hosting service providers to proactively decide on the legality of allegedly terrorist content, with "profound implications for fundamental rights and freedoms", the group said in a statement. In April, YouTube said it had invested in machine learning which automatically removes 90 percent of the extremist material.

If the proposal were to go ahead, EuroISPA would like to see an exemption for smaller providers, as the one-hour timeframe "is simply not feasible" for them, as they don't have the resources for a 24/7 response team.

The proposal states that while terrorist content should be quickly removed from platforms, companies should still maintain the data for six months in the event that it was mistakenly or wrongfully scrubbed so that they can reinstate it. They called for less focus on "arbitrary timeframes" and more on cooperation within the industry.

He also saw new opportunities to work with China, Japan and others to develop "multilateral" rules.

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