EU Council agrees to 1-hour deadline to take down terrorist content online

Friday 7 December 2018 | 09:18 CET | News

The European Council has agreed to the Commission's proposal to require hosting providers to take down terrorist content within one hour of notification. 

The proposed rules apply to hosting service providers offering services in the EU, whether or not they have their main establishment in an EU country. These providers will have to remove terrorist content or disable access to it within one hour from receiving a removal order from authorities. If they fail to comply with removal orders, hosting providers will face fines of up to 4 percent of their global turnover for the previous year.

Furthermore, service providers will have to apply certain duties of care to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content on their services, which may vary depending on the risk and level of exposure of the service to terrorist content. They will also have to take proactive measures to address the reappearance of content which has previously been removed.

To protect freedom of speech and make sure legitimate content is not taken down too hastily, hosting providers will be required to establish effective mechanisms allowing users whose content has been removed to submit a complaint.

Cooperation between law enforcement authorities and service providers will be improved through the establishment of points of contact to facilitate the handling of removal orders and referrals. It will be up to national governments in each EU country to set the exact amount of penalties in the event of non-compliance with the legislation.

The European Parliament must still adopt its position on the proposal first presented by the Commission in September. Once this is done, it will enter negotiations with the Council on the final legislation. 

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