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Freedom of thought 20-07-2017

European human rights court to rule on extremist online videos

Europe's top human rights court will rule on Thursday (19 July) whether online videos considered by a Belgian court to be Islamist hate speech should be allowed under free speech provisions.

Digital 27-06-2017

Social media giants step up fight against extremist content

Social media giants Facebook, Google's YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft said on Monday (26 June) they were forming a global working group to combine their efforts to remove terrorist content from their platforms.

Digital 09-05-2017

MEPs squabble over online platforms in copyright amendments

A list of hundreds of MEPs' amendments to the European Commission's copyright law overhaul includes squabbles over online platforms and text and data mining.

Digital 09-12-2016

Using online technology to beat hate

Hate is brewing in society, and its expression through online speech is real and corrosive. Internet companies and NGOs are now working with the EU to fight back, writes Robin Sclafani.

Digital 25-08-2016

EU may require YouTube, DailyMotion to seek deals with music industry

Websites such as Google's YouTube, DailyMotion and Pinterest could be required to seek licences or revenue-sharing deals with artists for content that is uploaded by their users as part of the European Union's planned copyright overhaul.

Digital 11-07-2016

Commission asked to crack down on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix in copyright bill

Two groups representing the film and music industry wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (11 July) asking the European Commission to crack down on internet companies they say are exploiting artists.

Digital 19-11-2014

EU to water down net neutrality rules

European Union governments are considering less stringent rules on how internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, according to a draft seen by Reuters, a move that could be welcomed by Europe's large telecoms operators.

Digital 30-06-2014

EU could probe Google’s YouTube dominance

Europe's antitrust chief said on Monday (30 June) he could investigate Google's YouTube if he saw any attempt by the company to abuse its dominant position in online video searching.

Digital 16-02-2012

EU court rules against social networks policing the internet

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe on privacy, Europe's highest court said today (16 February), adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing.

Competition 25-11-2011

Mediaset blames Google for TV ‘piracy’

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has warned of the threat posed by online news aggregators to the traditional business models of television broadcasters, accusing Google and similar companies of "parasitic exploitation".