The European Parliament has drafted a bill that requires websites and other online platforms to remove all content related to ISIS and other terrorist groups. The law is being submitted to negotiations between the parliament, the commission and the European council. However, the authorities hope that by the end of this year the final document will be approved.
“Activists of the freedom of expression fear that these measures generate an excess of regulation and eliminate non-harmful content.”
The bill stipulates that terrorist content must be removed within a period of one hour after notification by local authorities. In case the content is not eliminated, the websites will have to pay fines that could reach up to 4% of their annual profits, which would represent important losses for large companies such as Google or Facebook.
The regulation was originally proposed in the last quarter of last year, but the refusal of the European Council prevented the legislation from happening. However, the viralization of terrorist content, as in the case of the video of the attack on a New Zealand mosque, has reinvigorated the bill among the European institutions.
In this sense, the European Union alleges that online platforms have not used truly effective mechanisms to counteract the dissemination of harmful content on the network. That is why the organization has decided to bring the regulations to the institutional level and thus ensure its implementation and compliance, which coincides with the proposal that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook director, made last week in the Washington Post.
Activists of the freedom of expression fear that these measures generate an excess of regulation and end up eliminating non-harmful content from social networks. In addition, they have argued that the measure could also negatively affect smaller platforms, since, not having the resources of large corporations, have more difficulty to comply with regulations.
By the way, the law is being negotiated, however, the proximity of the European elections and the situation with the Brexit will surely delay the release of the document.