LIBE recommends for adoption new tool to remove terrorist content online

It will be voted by the full House next week

Photo: EP Patryk Jaki.

Legislators from the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) MEPs backed on Tuesday the draft recommendation, presented by the rapporteur Patryk Jaki (ECR, PL), to go ahead with the adoption of a regulation addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online on the basis of the Council position at first reading adopted on 16 March 2021.

The position of Member States faithfully reflects the agreement that was reached between the co-legislators in December 2020 and was endorsed by the Committee in January 2021.

According to the proposed rules, Internet 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 from the competent authorities.

The competent authorities in the Member State where the service provider has its main establishment have the right to scrutinise the removal order and block its execution if they consider it violates fundamental rights.

This new legislation 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.

Following the outcome of inter-institutional negotiations, the draft recommendation will be voted during the upcoming 26-29 April plenary session. It will complete the formal legislative procedure for the adoption of the proposed regulation by the EP. The Regulation will apply from 12 months after its entry into force.

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