European Parliament accepts Mass Censorship (Terrorism Regulation)

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The LIBE (“civil liberties”) Committee has just adopted its report on the Anti-terrorist Censorship Regulation. This report will be the text discussed in a few days by the whole European Parliament.

The text, as it was adopted1The report adopted today is not published yet but is almost entirely based on these Compromise Amendments., states that an authority (administrative or judicial) can order any actor of the Internet to remove a content under one hour. This unrealistic obligation will destroy small and medium platforms and, in contrast, reinforce Google and Facebook which are already working together with States to enforce mass and unchecked censorship – this is the very purpose of the Regulation proposed last September by the European Commission.

Once again, the European Parliament has proved that it was unable to resist from the pressure of the European Commission and governments. After the adoption of the Copyright Directive two weeks ago, this vote is a new and even more aggressive step towards mass and automated censorship.

The next vote may happen as soon as next week, during the last plenary session of the European Parliament. Thus, our fight is not over: most Members of the European Parliament are not aware of this Regulation yet. We must shape their views and have many arguments to do so.

Visit our campaign page in order to contact and convince them to reject mass censorship.

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1. The report adopted today is not published yet but is almost entirely based on these Compromise Amendments.