Europe to penalize websites for not removing ‘illegal content’ within an hour

The European Commission (EC) made some rules and recommendation for the removal of “illegal content” (primarily terrorist indoctrination) from all the website within Europe. At the time, the guidelines were spontaneous; now the European Commission will force fines if the tech companies and publishers fail to comply.


Recently, the Financial Times revealed that regulations will be announced next month for a survey. The obligatory rules would require the content in question to be expelled within an hour following warning notification.

According to EU commissioner for security, Julian King, The European Commission is taking this action because there hasn’t been sufficient voluntary action and progress. “Illegal Content” is widely defined to include “child sexual abuse material, terrorist content, counterfeit products, incitement to violence and hatred and copyright infringements.”

Copyright Infringement is an area of prosecution that could have a negative impact on speech and could turn out to be highly problematic. Europe has no “fair use” defense to claims of copyright infringement, and the new rules could potentially chill satire and political criticism.

There is still something to work on like: What the financial penalties would be. And who will verify whether the content violates the rules or not?

The European Parliament and a majority of EU member states would approve the draft regulations. They would reportedly apply to all the websites regardless of their traffic or size.


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