European Commission urges Internet companies to address illegal content more proactively

9 Jan 2018

During a closed meeting with Internet companies, the European Commission called for a more efficient takedown of illegal content - including extremist content and hate speech, as well as breaches of intellectual property rights - and increased sharing of this material with law enforcement. According to EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopolous, Internet platforms should remove illegal content within two hours. According to one EU official, the meeting is considered to be a ‘last chance’ for Internet companies to demonstrate that they are capable of tackling the challenge without EU legislation.

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One of the main sociocultural issues is content policy, often addressed from the standpoints of human rights (freedom of expression and the right to communicate), government (content control), and technology (tools for content control). Discussions usually focus on three groups of content:



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