Google, Facebook, Twitter and other big internet companies are facing the possibility that EU law may demand they become more proactive in removing illegal and extremist content. Such content continues to flourish on the net despite many crackdown attempts, and the European Union has had enough. Its executive arm, the European Commission, has drafted new guidelines detailing the ways the companies must step up, Reuters reported Wednesday. “They need to be proactive in weeding out illegal content, put effective notice-and-action procedures in place and establish well-functioning interfaces with third parties (such as trusted flaggers) and give a particular priority to notifications from national law enforcement authorities,” say the guidelines, according to Reuters. Already this year, social media companies have signed a code of conduct, according to which they must make every effort to remove illegal content from their platforms within 24 hours. As well as adopting EU proposals for tackling hate speech and other problematic content, the companies have also made their own efforts to deal with the issue. In June, the EU acknowledged the effort made by social media companies, and in particular Facebook, to try to reduce illegal content online. But the Union isn’t letting up when it… Read full this story
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