Proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

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Series Details COM (2018) 640
Publication Date 12/09/2018
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Summary:

Legislative proposal - published by the European Commission in September 2018 - aimed at preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.

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This proposal seeks to establish a clear and harmonised legal framework to prevent the misuse of hosting services for the dissemination of terrorist content online. The Regulation seeks to provide clarity as to the responsibility of hosting service providers in taking all appropriate, reasonable and proportionate actions necessary to ensure the safety of their services and to swiftly and effectively detect and remove terrorist content online, taking into account the fundamental importance of the freedom of expression and information in an open and democratic society.

The proposed Regulation aims at removing terrorist content off the internet within one hour. Rules would apply to every internet platform offering its services in the European Union so stop their services from being misused to disseminate terrorist content. The draft law also includes safeguards to protect freedom of speech on the internet and ensure only terrorist content is targeted. It was adopted by the European Commission on 12 September 2018 and announced during the annual State of the European Union (SOTEU) address. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach concerning this draft law on 6 December. The European Parliament's plenary session approved a negotiating position on 17 April 2019. The mandate for interinstitutional negotiations was confirmed on 24 September.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/HIS/?uri=COM:2018:640:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
CloudFlare: Blog, 04/12/2018: EU Terrorist Content Online proposal – political haste and unintended consequences https://blog.cloudflare.com/eu-terrorist-content-online-proposal-political-haste-and-unintended-consequences/
Article 19: Joint letter on European Commission regulation on online terrorist content, 6 December 2018 https://www.article19.org/resources/joint-letter-on-european-commission-regulation-on-online-terrorist-content/
Verfassungsblog, 30/01/2019: The EU Regulation on Terrorist Content: An Emperor without Clothes https://verfassungsblog.de/the-eu-regulation-on-terrorist-content-an-emperor-without-clothes/
EPRS: Briefing, February 2019: Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)631731
EFF, 05/02/2019: The EU's Proposal to Curb the 'Dissemination of Terrorist Content' Will Have a Chilling Effect on Speech https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/02/eus-proposal-curb-dissemination-terrorist-content-will-have-chilling-effect-speech
Mozilla: Blog, 13/02/2019: Mozilla Foundation fellow weighs in on flawed EU Terrorist Content regulation https://blog.mozilla.org/netpolicy/2019/02/13/terrorist_content_regulation/
ASPI: The Strategist, 20/02/2019: Serious flaws in EU plan to automate detection of terror material online https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/serious-flaws-in-eu-plan-to-automate-detection-of-terror-material-online/
EUCRIM: The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Preventing the Dissemination of Terrorist Content Online https://doi.org/10.30709/eucrim-2018-024
CISPE: #WrongPlayer https://cispe.cloud/WrongPlayer/
EurActiv: Special Reports: Regulating against radicalisation https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/special_report/regulating-against-radicalisation/
Mozilla: Blog, 17/04/2019: Mozilla reacts to European Parliament plenary vote on EU Terrorist Content regulation https://blog.mozilla.org/netpolicy/2019/04/17/mozilla-reacts-to-european-parliament-plenary-vote-on-eu-terrorist-content-regulation/

News
BBC News, 20/08/2018: Social media faces EU fine if terror lingers for an hour https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45247169
Politico, 24/08/2018: EU to tighten screws on internet giants to remove terrorist content https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-regulation-on-removal-of-terrorist-content-set-for-mid-september/
The Irish Times, 12/09/2018: EU to give tech giants just 60 minutes to take terrorist content offline https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/eu-to-give-tech-giants-just-60-minutes-to-take-terrorist-content-offline-1.3626712
The Guardian, 13/09/2018: Remove terror content or be fined millions, EU tells social media firms https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/13/social-media-firms-could-face-huge-fines-over-terrorist-content
EurActiv, 13/09/2018: ‘This is not censorship’ says King, amid online terrorist content crackdown https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/this-is-not-censorship-says-king-amid-online-terrorist-content-crackdown/
Intellectual Property Watch, 06/12/2018: EU Members Push For Private Censorship Of Terrorist Content On The Internet http://www.ip-watch.org/2018/12/06/eu-members-push-private-censorship-terrorist-content-internet/
EurActiv, 07/12/2018: Ministers clamp down on online terrorist content despite wave of opposition https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/ministers-clamp-down-on-online-terrorist-content-despite-wave-of-opposition/
Politico, 21/03/2019: Europe’s struggle against viral terrorist content https://www.politico.eu/article/how-europe-plans-to-fight-christchurch-style-viral-content-its-complicated-fake-news-social-media-facebook-twitter-eu-terrorism/
EurActiv, 22/03/2019: EU institutions at loggerheads over online terrorist content https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/eu-institutions-at-loggerheads-over-online-terrorist-content/
The Guardian, 28/03/2019: Tory MEP's motives for delaying EU terror legislation questioned https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/28/tory-meps-motives-for-delaying-eu-terror-legislation-queried
EurActiv, 09/04/2019: EU lawmakers back one-hour deadline to remove online terrorist content https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/eu-lawmakers-back-one-hour-deadline-to-remove-online-terrorist-content/
Reuters, 17/04/2019: EU parliament votes to fine internet firms for not removing extremist content quickly https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1RT2CF
Euronews, 17/04/2019: MEPs votes in favour of strict new rules on online terrorist content https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/17/eu-plans-to-regulate-online-terrorism-content-protecting-people-or-stifling-free-speech
BBC News, 17/04/2019: EU struggles over law to tackle spread of terror online https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47962394

Official
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)408: Impact assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2018:408:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)409: Executive summary of the impact assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2018:409:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=&reference=2018/0331(COD)
EP: Legislative Train: Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online http://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-area-of-justice-and-fundamental-rights/file-preventing-the-dissemination-of-terrorist-content-online
European Commission: Press Release, 12/09/2018: State of the Union 2018: Commission proposes new rules to get terrorist content off the web http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5561_en.htm
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 12/09/2018: State of the Union 2018: Commission takes action to get terrorist content off the web - Questions and Answers http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-5711_en.htm
Finland: Interior Ministry: News, 15/11/2018: EU to tackle terrorist content online through legislation https://intermin.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/eu-haluaa-puuttua-terroristiseen-verkkosisaltoon-lainsaadannolla
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 06/12/2018: Terrorist content online: Council adopts negotiating position on new rules to prevent dissemination https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/12/06/terrorist-content-online-council-adopts-negotiating-position-on-new-rules-to-prevent-dissemination/
UN: OHCHR: News, 12/12/2018: UN human rights experts concerned about EU’s online counter-terrorism proposal https://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24013&LangID=E
ECR: News, 04/02/2019: ECR MEP’s report tackles terrorist content online https://ecrgroup.eu/article/ecr_meps_report_tackles_terrorist_content_online
European Parliament: Press Release, 17/04/2019: Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190410IPR37571/
European Parliament: Press Release, 24/09/2019: Terrorist content online: MEPs agree to start negotiations with EU countries https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190923IPR61743/

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