Companies such as Facebook and Youtube will have to remove terrorist content within an hour of it being flagged - or risk massive fines, according to a new agreement reached by negotiators for EU institutions, Dpa reported.
"Ever since the Paris Attacks, we have been putting the security of Europeans at the top of the EU agenda. To protect our borders and prevent terrorism. Now we have added another piece to the puzzle: get terrorist content offline," the European People's Party, the largest group of MPs in the European Parliament, commented on the decision on Twitter.
In case of systematic breaches, companies could be fined several per cent of their annual turnover, according to a draft agreement between the European Parliament, EU countries, and the European Commission.
The order to remove content could also come from authorities in another EU country, according to the agreement. This will apply to all companies that provide internet services in the bloc regardless of whether they are located in the EU.
The plans still need to be formally voted on by the EU countries and the parliament.
As we reported earlier, in the past few months Europe has witnessed terrorist attacks in Vienna, Paris and Nice. The crimes were committed by radical Islamists, whose victims were innocent people. After these tragic events, the European countries seriously thought about strengthening security measures for their citizens.