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EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

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European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook with big fines if they don't take down extremist content within one hour. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech Wednesday that the Commission is proposing the new rules as part of efforts to step up the bloc's security. He said that removing material within an hour is important because it's "the critical window in which the greatest damage is done." The EU's executive body said "propaganda that prepares, incites or glorifies acts of terrorism" must be taken offline. Content would be flagged up by national authorities, who would issue removal orders to the internet companies hosting it. Those companies would be given one hour to delete it. The proposal , which still ...
France aims to control Google content globally

France aims to control Google content globally

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France is headed to the European Court of Justice to establish whether it can force companies such as Google to de-list search results globally. France's data regulator is seeking clarification on whether material removed under the "right to be forgotten" (RTBF) law should only be removed within France or if it should be de-listed on every Google domain.RTBF was established in 2014 when a man called Mario Costeja complained that searching for his name on Google returned out-of-date material about an unsettled debt and didn't reveal that his debt was settled.He won his case, and now the RTBF allows ordinary people to demand that Google amends its search results and de-lists links to "inadequate, irrelevant or [...] excessive" information. Although the material itself remains...
Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

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Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for "high quality" content."Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities," explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page on Monday.The update will initially apply to the US before it is rolled out more widely.It comes after Facebook announced that it was making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent."Starting today, we're going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city," Mr Zuckerberg said in his post. "If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed," he added. Mr Zuckerberg said that Facebook users who are made aware of what is happening in thei...