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The EU is not only cracking down on copyright-infringing content, there's a strong focus on terrorist material too. The EU Commision recently proposed new regulations that would require hosting platforms to remove terrorist content within one hour, or face consequences. This week member states gave the plan a green light, which goes well beyond Article 13.

The ‘upload filters’ topic has been widely debated in the European Parliament this year. While most attention has been focused on copyright-infringing material and Article 13, another filtering discussion has been going on at the same time. This summer the EU Commission pushed forward a plan to require content hosting platforms including Google, Twitter, and Facebook to swiftly remove terrorist content when a national authority points it out to them. The proposed regulation was accepted by the EU member states at a Council meeting earlier this week.According to the published report, the EU countries in favor believe that there is a “need to achieve automatic detection and systematic, fast, permanent and full removal of terrorist content.” This “terrorist content” can be reported by local police, for example, or another designated private authority. No court has to be involved in the process. What has many activists worried is that, like Article 13, the proposal can enable automated upload filters.

The proposed terrorist content filters will go further than Article 13 in the sense that they require services to remove reported content within one hour. In addition, services will have to prevent this content from reappearing on their platforms. If they fail to do so, the companies could face hefty fines and criminal liability. It’s worth noting that the proposal is not restricted to large Internet platforms. It will apply to all hosting service providers that do business in the EU. This includes many smaller companies. The French civil rights group La Quadrature notes that while it’s easy for large tech giants to comply, smaller competitors will be severely disadvantaged. These would all need a point of contact that’s available 24/7.
 

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"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured...the first thought forbidden...the first freedom denied – chains us all, irrevocably."
And of course EU will decide, what will be included in those filters. Like teachers are supposed to report radical toddlers in UK. Radical meaning, like girls wearing a pony-tail. There is actually a guide book, how to recognize those radical kids, sanctioned by the government, so it is OK.
 

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Well complaining about this is hypocrisy. The US probably has the same filters for years now but unlike the silly EU requiring companies to do it, the US just sets up filters at important Internet nodes to sift through all of the traffic at once and doing so without anyone even noticing.
 

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@TairikuOkami if you have a link to that guide book, please share as it sounds interesting.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97976/prevent-strategy-review.pdf
Page 69, Point 10.45:
Awareness of Prevent and the risks it is intended to address are both vital. Staff can help to identify, and to refer to the relevant agencies, children whose behaviour suggests that they are being drawn into terrorism or extremism.