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EU set to fine internet companies that don't remove terrorist content within one hour

By midian182 · 8 replies
Aug 20, 2018
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  1. Industry leaders have been battling the promotion of terrorist content for years, often using a combination of AI, machine learning, human moderators, and shared databases. Several joint initiatives have been formed to counter online extremism, including the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, the EU Internet Forum, and the Shared Industry Hash Database.

    But The Financial Times reports that the EU now feels that platforms self-policing themselves isn’t enough, and that it would "take stronger action in order to better protect our citizens," said Julian King, the EU's commissioner for security.

    Last March, the Commission published recommendations for increased protection against illegal content online. It included the one-hour rule, which stated that as terrorist content is most harmful in the first hours of its appearance, all companies should remove it within the initial 60 minutes of it being posted as a general rule.

    Now, King says it is “likely” that this voluntary rule will become a mandatory requirement as the EU has “not seen enough progress” when it comes to removing terrorist material. Failure to adhere will see social media firms and websites face fines.

    It will take a while before the legislation comes into effect, assuming the European Parliament and a majority of EU member states approve it. If the one-hour rule does become mandatory, it will be interesting to see how the EU enforces it and the size of the fines it hands out.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,364   +1,367

    And who defines what “terrorist content” is?
    Impudicus likes this.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +1,327

    EU does.
  4. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,364   +1,367

    Lol, my point is that there will be millions (maybe billions) of posts every day.... is the EU going to inspect each one and have all the terrorist content removed - within an hour?!? Not possible.... so someone else (or something else) will have to do the defining and the removal. If it’s an AI (as nothing human could possibly do this), fooling it will be something that will be tough to punish... how can the EU punish the non-removal of possible terrorist content if the AI didn’t think it was terrorist content? Are they going to write the code? I doubt it...
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,663   +1,474

    IMO, it's nearly impossible to monitor for ANY specific kind of post and then give notice to staff of where it is and to have it deleted. EVEN with the gross over simplification that "Oh AI can automate this", this is very difficult and likely solved using the Gordian Knot solution
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +1,327

    We all know what you mean. Every time a company wants to police language it always turns into a **** show. Look at Twitter, Facebook, Youtube...
  7. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 240   +177

    They should probably have people who understand technology and the internet looking over their ideas before they put them into action... one hour is ridiculous, reminds me of congressmen asking Zuckerberg questions which made absolutely no sense.
  8. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 161   +63

    Most politicians do not comprehend what is around them so I highly doubt.
    Dimitrios likes this.
  9. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Booster Posts: 101   +48

    I would imagine the EU would want these organizations to be posting information publicly. Wouldn't that make it much easier to keep tabs on what they do? Track who follows and supports these sites, maybe follow them their selves, pose as a member of the community and then possibly head of an attack with privileged information.

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