MEPs on Wednesday April 28 approved new legislation to prevent the spread of anything that incites online terrorism.
The flagship measure concerns the withdrawal of content by hosting service providers within an hour “Following receipt of a withdrawal order from the competent authority”. It will be up to the member states to determine the penalties in the event of non-compliance.
The text specifies that will be affected “Live transmissions, which incite, solicit or contribute to terrorist offenses, which provide instructions for such offenses or which incite persons to participate in a terrorist group”. These may include explanations for making and using explosives.
Defenders of public freedoms worried
Education, art, research and journalism will not be affected. And the platforms will have no obligation to monitor or filter content. But hosting service providers will still be responsible for preventing the spread of terrorist content.
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And this is what worries the defenders of public freedoms. According to AFP, some sixty organizations, including Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, opposed this text. They fear that this will prompt platforms to deploy automated content moderation tools with collateral damage for satire or journalism.
The regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. And its application will then take place after a year.
Source: European Parliament