“A Europe that protects”, saying that, the European Union has warned all tech giants at ultimatum to remove all illegal content that spreads terror, within one hour of being notified or face new EU rules – in a bid to stop the spread of illegal online material.

Internet and social media is widely used to spread terror-provoking or illegal content online, terrorism getting modern, you know. The wrath of provoking content is eventually taking over the internet, corrupting minds of more and more people each day, causing chaos in the society. In order to tackle illegal online content and assess swift and proactive detection and removal of illegal content online, the European Union has come up with modified regulatory framework. A set of new recommendations were issued by the EU on Thursday for international tech companies and EU nations, directing them about how to manage illegal content floating around in the internet.

The new recommendations apply to all forms of illegal internet material, “from terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products and copyright infringement.” The European Union believes that any terror spreading illegal content is most harmful and spreads the most in first hour of its appearance online, hence, it has been directed to remove such content within one hour from its referral as a general rule. So the new rules are seen as a “further step up” of rules that were developed last year to detect, block and remove terrorist propaganda and hate speech from the internet.

This translates into ramped up pressure on social media websites like Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google owner Alphabet Inc. The tech giants will now require to strengthen their content detection and deletion techniques for material that incites terrorism, radicalises users or helps prepare and fund attacks. And to ensure all companies follow these guidelines, the EU has warned all its member states to report to the EU Commission with their follow-ups regarding companies’ overall cooperation on the matter – regularly, preferably every three months. Perhaps, a Europe that protects.