Now the EU urges the big internet giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft to take on hate and terrorist propaganda seriously. Unless the Commission threatens to tighten up the legislation.
Although the European Commission notes that the leading internet companies have improved and now remove more of the hate and hate spread on their platforms, it is not enough. It may be a question of publicity, defamation and a call for violence and terrorism, but also about copyrighted material.
But it happens too little and it’s going too slowly – The EU points out that it takes a week to get rid of 28 percent of the illegal content.
In order to make the internet giants roll up their sleeves and address the problem, the European Commission presented new guidelines requiring rapid improvements.
In the next six months, Internet giants must start proactively tracing and quickly remove illegal content, otherwise the Commission is threatening legal action and a tightened regulatory framework.
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The EU points out several measures that are expected to be undertaken by companies. It’s about such as making it easier for users to flag illegal content and invest in technology that detects hatred and threats, as well as identifying illegal material that reappears after being removed, collaborating with the judiciary and disclosing evidence.
Germany has gone ahead in the EU and has already announced new legislation in which Facebook, Google, Twitter and the other major players need to remove illegal material within 24 hours, or they may have succulent fines – up to 50 million euros, almost half a billion.
The network is not the only area in which the EU puts pressure on several of the major internet companies. There are also plans to change tax laws so they are taxed even in countries where they do not have a physical presence and Google has recently been forced to adapt to EU competition rules by changing the terms of its shopping service.