The president of the European Commission has thrown his weight behind plans to levy big GDPR-style fines against Google, Facebook and Twitter and other internet companies if they fail to remove extremist content within just one hour.
Jean-Claude Juncker threw his weight behind the plans today during a state of the union address at the European Parliament, backing up EU regulators' claims that too little is being done by the internet companies themselves.
Back in March, Brussels gave internet firms three months to show that they were acting faster to remove content inciting or advocating extremism. However, EU regulators claim that too little progress has been made.
According to Reuters, if authorities flag it, the European Commission wants any content promoting extremist groups, or showing how to commit terrorist acts, to be removed from the web within an hour.
"One hour is the decisive time window the greatest damage takes place," claimed Jean-Claude Juncker in his address to the European Parliament.
The proposal also demands that internet platforms take proactive measures, such as developing new automated tools, to weed out abuse and human oversight of content.
And the internet companies aren't the only ones who need to sharpen their act up, service providers will also need to provide annual transparency reports to show they are making the effort to tackle abuse.
Those providers failing to do so could also face fines, even up to four percent of their annual global turnover, it was said.
"We need strong and targeted tools to win this online battle," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said of the new rules.
The PDF outlining all of the new proposed rules can be access here.
The EU's strict proposals are down to the organisation believing that terrorist content online has proven "instrumental" in radicalising and inspiring attacks in several recent terrorist incidents within Europe.
"Such content not only creates significantly negative impacts on individuals and society at large, but it also reduces the trust of users on the internet and affects the business models and reputation of those companies affected," the EU said.
"Terrorists have misused not only large social media platforms, but increasingly smaller providers offering different types of hosting services globally."
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