The dissemination of terrorist content online is one of the most challenging and dangerous misuses of online platforms by users. This propaganda of hate has an untold impact on the radicalization, recruitment, and training of terrorists across Europe and beyond.
As part of the European Digital Strategy, the European Commission announced a Digital Services Act (DSA) package that will be presented at the end of 2020. The DSA intends to modernize the current legal framework by proposing clear rules framing the responsibilities of digital service providers presenting a watershed moment in combating online extremism.
Leaders of the European Union (EU) last week received an unprecedented letter from 235 lawmakers representing 30 nations and 25 EU member states, urging the body to ban Iran’s Lebanese proxy Hezbollah and designate it in its entirety as a terrorist group. The letter, known as the Transatlantic Declaration on Hezbollah, was sent to Brussels ahead of the July 18 anniversary of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires and the 2012 bombing of a passenger bus carrying Israeli tourists at the Burgas Airport in Bulgaria. Hezbollah was linked to both terrorist attacks.
CEP Webinar: “Regulating Against Extremist Content Online – Discussion on The Upcoming EU Digital Services Act”
The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) invites you to join us for a webinar discussion on the upcoming European regulation of extremist content online in the context of the Digital Services Act. This 90-minute webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom on 14 July 2020 at 17:00 CEST / 11 a.m. EDT.
The European Union’s (EU) proposed Terrorist Content Regulation continues to face opposition from major tech companies including Google/YouTube and Microsoft. The new regulation would allow EU member states to impose fines on tech firms of up to four percent of their revenue for failure to consistently remove extremist content from their platforms. It would also require a takedown of said extremist content within one hour of receiving notice from public authorities. Given tech companies’ consistent inability to enforce their own terms of service, the EU’s proposal is part of a growing trend by legislative bodies to prescribe content moderation policies in an effort to stymie the spread of extremist and terrorist material online. The Terrorist Content Regulation builds upon Germany’s pioneering 2018 Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG).
Right-wing extremist groups have traditionally rejected democratic values, particularly equality. They have, however, used the democratic process to gain strength across Europe in recent years. Last year, right-wing extremist political parties...