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10 organisations share concerns on unworkable 1-hour timeframes to remove terrorist content online

10 organisations share concerns on unworkable 1-hour timeframes to remove terrorist content online

Brussels, 5 April 2019: EuroISPA and nine other organisations from the digital sector and civil society call on the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to adopt the proposal on tackling the dissemination of terrorist content online without an unworkable one-hour timeframe to remove content. 

The proposed timeframe does not take into account the size and economic capacity of hosting service providers. European small and medium-sized enterprises not operating a 24/7 service, for instance, would not be able to comply with removal orders being sent outside of working hours.

Instead, we suggest to follow a more pragmatic approach which would mandate hosting service providers to execute removal orders “as soon as possible”. Such an amendment would be compliant with European citizens’ fundamental rights and protect the competitiveness of digital businesses, while ensuring a good framework of cooperation between hosting service providers and Member States to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content online.

You can read the full letter here

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