Europe Request for the removal of the terrorist content on Social networks within the one hour. Among the newly published guidelines for networks by the European Commission is a request to the social networks for removing reported terrorist content within the duration of an hour. The gudelines to make request for the social networks were published 3 days ago.

According to Andrus Ansip, who is VP for the Digital Single Market, the reason behind making this kind of request is that social networks are becoming the main gateway for the  people to get in touch with the current affairs or to get information, that’s why these platforms are responsible to provide their users a secure environment.

Back in 2016, the European Commission called for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Microsoft to put a more concerted effort into removing hate speech from their platforms & since that time, it has been fairly pleased with the all the companies’ improvements.

In June 2017, all the four companies could review 51 percent of hate speech reports within only 24 hours and in January 2018, the Commission reported that rate of hate speeches had bumped up to 81 percent.

Aside the bumped rate of hate speech the Commission is more concerned about terrorist content and the Commission is now asking social networking platforms for an even quicker turnaround when reviewing this kind of material.

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Andrus Ansip says, “What is illegal offline is also illegal online. While several platforms have been removing more illegal content than ever before ( showing that self-regulation can work ) we still need to react faster against terrorist propaganda and other illegal content which is a serious threat to our citizens’ security, safety and fundamental rights.”

You might be thinking that why these platforms are requested to delete the terrorist content within one hour of it’s being reported, the reason for this immediate action is that it “is the most harmful in the first hours of its appearance online.”

Social networks are also requested by the Commission to implement better automated detection so that it does not have to rely on reports only as much.

In addition to incitement of hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products & copyright infringement the Commission requests for terrorism and other illegal content that more efficient tools be developed for its detection. The Commission also requested that those tools should be shared throughout the industry so that all the platforms work more closely with law enforcement.

The Commission says that it will carry on reviewing social networks’ performances regarding these new guidelines to determine later on if any additional steps, such as legislation, will be required.


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