Under current guidelines, the European Commission asks social media sites to delete terrorist content within an hour of detection. This includes material that incites violence, provides attack funding or promotes hate speech. However, the guidelines, for the moment, are just that. They're entirely voluntary. It's a tactic that hasn't always worked for Brussels in the past, with the voluntary standardization of charging connectors being a recent example. It seems that once again, Brussels isn't happy with the progress. EU commissioner for security Julian King says it may “take stronger action”. Speaking to the Financial Times, he revealed plans to enact regulation on sites, regardless of size. “We cannot afford to relax or become complacent in the face of such a shadowy and destructive phenomenon,” he said.
EU May Be Considering Fines for Websites That Don’t Remove Terrorist Content within an Hour
In a draft, the European Commission suggests a regulation that would force websites to remove terrorist content within an hour of detection. The legislation will have to be approved by the majority of members before it can be enacted.