EU countries: terror message within hours offline

Terrorist propaganda and other terrain-related material must be taken offline in the EU within an hour. Internet service providers who do not do so can be fined 4 percent of the annual turnover.


Terrorist propaganda and other terrain-related material must be taken offline in the EU within an hour. Internet service providers who do not do so can be fined 4 percent of the annual turnover.

The EU ministers of justice agreed on this Thursday. In September, the European Commission proposed to regulate this legally because voluntary agreements with internet platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google do not provide enough.

Terrorist messages are the most damaging in the first hour because of the rapid spread, according to Brussels. Providers must also ensure that removed material does not reappear.

The Netherlands believes that the proposal offers too little legal protection. To protect the freedom of expression, an order to remove a message should be submitted to the judge in the country of the provider, says Minister Ferd Grapperhaus. However, there was no majority for that position. Providers are required to handle complaints about deleted messages.

Once the European Parliament has adopted its position, negotiations on the legal text can begin.

REF: https://www.nu.nl/internet/5614907/eu-landen-terreurboodschap-binnen-uur-offline.html