According to a regulation adopted by the European Parliament in its plenary session this week to prevent the spread of terrorist content on the Internet, all EU member states can require Internet platforms to delete terrorist content within an hour.
According to the adopted regulations, online platforms will play a more active role in detecting online terrorist content, and they must be deleted within a maximum of one hour.
The regulation also aims to prevent the spread of extremist ideas on the Internet, which is the key to preventing attacks and radicalization.
Rapporteur Patryk Jaki, a member of the European Conservative and Reformist Group, commented on the evacuation process and emphasized that the agreed measures “created a new framework between public institutions and the private sector.”
Therefore, he pointed out: “Any member state can send a request to any online platform located in the European Union. However, based on a compromise, the member state hosting the content will have 72 hours to analyze the order and may question the request and draw conclusions. This is an infringement of freedom of speech.”
Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for the Interior, emphasized that Europe now has a unique opportunity to deal with terrorist activities quickly, across borders and with binding force.
“This soon means that members will be able to order online platforms to delete terrorist content within an hour. Cross-border impact means that the order to remove terrorist content from one member state can be extended to any other member state. These measures have Binding, because if the order is not complied with, the platform will have to pay a fine,” Johansson explained.
When removing terrorist content from the Internet, measures to protect the rights of European citizens and media freedom must also be considered.
Since the Internet is a public space for discussion and therefore the foundation of democracy, some congressmen have expressed concern about potential violations of freedom of speech and drew attention to the negative impact of social networks on democracy.
Czech Green Party member Marcel Kolaja (Marcel Kolaja) warned: “Any institution without a court order or without independent evaluation can request the removal of the content of another member state” and “Spain, Hungary or Poland can Decide which citizens of the Czech Republic or Germany can see on the Internet”.
Moritz Renewal, a member of the Liberal Party, agreed. He said: “Terrorists want to attack a free society. If you want to defend a free society, then you must not go too far. Restrict freedom of speech.”
Independent Member of the European Parliament Mislav Kolakusic (NI) claimed that social networks are the greatest threat to democracy, and described Facebook as “a highly political platform, extremely dangerous, because it is an independent decision that does not participate in opinion polls but is conducted independently. Political platform. It’s true, this is a lie.
Korakusic said in the debate: “Facebook directly participated in the 2019 European Parliament elections and was then included in the elections during the US presidential election in a completely wrong way.” The platform needs to be stopped.
Members of the European Parliament concluded that in addition to the cooperation of members, in order to eliminate illegal content on the Internet, it is important to rely on the police and information networks that can use innovative digital technologies such as artificial intelligence.