Commission says internet companies also including YouTube and Twitter need to show progress on issue or face legislation.
Digital commissioner Andrus Ansip: ‘While several platforms have been removing more illegal content than ever before … we still need to react faster against terrorist propaganda and other illegal content’. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images
The European Union has given Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies three months to show that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.
Social media firms have come under increasing pressure from various governments and the EU to do more to combat extremism and remove terrorist and objectionable content such as hate speech and Islamic State propaganda. But now the EU has given them a target and a deadline.
The European Commission said on Thursday that internet firms should be ready to remove extremist content within an hour of being notified and recommended measures they should take to stop its proliferation.
Digital commissioner Andrus Ansip said: “While several platforms have been removing more illegal content than ever before … we still need to react faster against terrorist propaganda and other illegal content which is a serious threat to our citizens’ security, safety and fundamental rights.”
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