European Parliament and Council agree on formulation of new law to fight extremist content online

On December 10, the European Parliament and European Council agreed  on  devising a new law that will help to fight the dissemination of terrorist content online. The new law targets texts, images, sound recordings or videos that incite, solicit or contribute to terrorist offences, provide instructions for such offences or solicit people to participate in a terrorist group. It also aims to combat content that provides guidance on how to make and use explosives, firearms and other weapons for terrorist purposes.  

According to information provided on the website of European Parliament, as per the mnew law, i nternet platforms have to remove terrorist content or disable access to it in all member states as soon as possible and in any event within one hour after they have received a removal order. Removal orders may be sent from authorities in any member state to an internet platform set up in any other EU member state. The competent authorities in the member state where the service provider has its main establishment have the right to scrutinise the removal order and suspend it if they consider it violates fundamental rights. 

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