Calls urging European Union lawmakers to reject online terrorist content law


Sixty-one civil rights organizations said that lawmakers in the European Union should reject a proposed law that would force Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove terrorist content within an hour of its publication due to the risks to basic rights.

According to Indias TOI website, the European Commission drafted the legislation in 2018 after a series of attacks by lone extremist attackers in several European cities, where online terrorist content is seen as one of the contributing factors, and the European Parliament is expected to vote on the legislation next month. Three months after reaching a political agreement with the European Union countries.

Civil rights groups, which include Amnesty International, the Union for Civil Liberties for Europe and the European Union, told reporters that the proposal threatens freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, the right to privacy and the rule of law, and the committee defines terrorist content on the Internet as material that incites terrorism or aims to recruit terrorists or terrorists. Train them.

The groups said the short timeframe given to online platforms to remove terrorist content means they will likely use automated content modification tools, such as download filters, and they said that such tools may fail to identify the differences between activism, counter-rhetoric and mockery of terrorism.

The groups have also objected to the power granted to national authorities rather than courts to order the removal of terrorist content across the bloc, saying this amounts to bypassing the state, and Eva Simon, chief advocacy officer at The Eva Simon, said, “This regulation could also enable autocrats to eliminate criticism. “Outside their borders, and this means that leaders like Viktor Orban can demand that an online platform remove content hosted by another country because it does not like it.”


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