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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

Technology
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 ...
Trudeau rescinds dinner invite to alleged extremist on India trip

Trudeau rescinds dinner invite to alleged extremist on India trip

World
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said he rescinded a dinner invitation to Jaspal Atwal after facing backlash over his plans to meet the alleged Sikh extremist on his trip to India.During Justin Trudeau's first state visit to India, Atwal, a Canadian citizen of Indian ethnicity, appeared in photographs next to the prime minister's wife, Sophie Trudeau, and a Canadian Cabinet minister.Atwal was convicted and later acquitted of attempting to assassinate Indian minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 and has been accused of belonging to the International Sikh Youth Federation, which is banned in India.Atwal had been invited to a dinner for the prime minister hosted by Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel in Delhi.After uproar in India over the photographs, Jus...
Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Technology
Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted.The accord was decided at a two-day meeting between the G7 nations and the tech firms, hosted on the Italian island of Ischia.The aim, according to officials, is to remove jihadist content from the internet within two hours.In a tweet, Twitter said the talks had been "important and productive". Twitter and Google declined to give further comment. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti said they were "important first steps".In a statement issued after the meeting, the G7 said: "We underscore the challenge to industry and we urge it... to develop solutions to identify and remove terrorist content within one to two hours of upload, to the extent it is technic...