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Technology 03-06-2022

German court rules YouTube could be accountable for illegal content

Online video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be liable for content uploads that infringe copyrights if they fail to act immediately, according to a ruling from Germany’s top court on Thursday (2 June).
Technology 02-05-2022

Internet filters do not infringe freedom of expression if they work well. But will they?

The EU Court has clarified that filters should not be trusted when they cannot do their job with adequate precision. But their supervision remains weak. The upcoming AI Act offers an opportunity to address this, writes Martin Husovec.
Technology 02-03-2022

Apple halts sales in Russia in response to Ukraine invasion

Apple will stop selling its products on Russian soil following calls from Ukraine in response to the war Russia has launched against the country. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 01-03-2022

YouTube blocks access to Russian state-controlled media amid EU states’ call for action

YouTube on Tuesday (1 March) blocked accounts connected to Russian state-controlled RT and Sputnik and removed thousands of videos following calls to curb the spread of pro-Kremlin propaganda on social media after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Internet governance 01-02-2022

Big tech opposes Germany’s enhanced hate speech law

The amendment to Germany's Network Enforcement Act known as NetzDG on combatting hate speech online comes into force on Tuesday (1 February) but some of the largest online platforms refuse to cooperate. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Technology 21-10-2021

Russia’s Worldwide Influence Relies on YouTube

Without Silicon Valley's continuing goodwill, the Kremlin's information machine is in trouble.
Global Europe 27-07-2021

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s website blocked by regulator before election

Russian authorities blocked access to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's website on Monday (26 July) in the run-up to a parliamentary election, their latest attempt to sideline his allies cast by the Kremlin as US-backed trouble-makers.
Disinformation 07-07-2021

YouTube’s algorithm fuelling harmful content, study says

A crowdsourced investigation has accused YouTube’s recommendation algorithms of fuelling harmful content. France and Germany were found to be particularly affected, along with other non-English speaking countries.
Technology 20-03-2020

YouTube to reduce streaming quality in Europe due to coronavirus

Alphabet's YouTube said on Friday (20 March) it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avert internet gridlock as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to working from home.
Disinformation 02-05-2019

In the fight against fake news, YouTube has a ‘bias toward keeping content up’

YouTube has a systemic 'bias towards keeping content up,' although the video-sharing platform recently removed more than one million channels for violation of its policies as part of the EU's code of practice against disinformation, EURACTIV has learnt.
Technology 07-12-2018

How YouTube makes users lobby in-house against copyright directive

The #SaveYourInternet campaign is mobilising YouTubers against the European directive. But by defending a free Internet, the campaigners are, above all, protecting the platform’s profitability. EURACTIV France reports.  
Technology 06-11-2018

Stark divisions among member states in EU digital tax plans

EU finance ministers remain divided over a raft of issues in the European Commission's digital services tax (DST) plans after a meeting on Tuesday (6 November) drew attention to a plethora of challenges in reaching a consensus.
Internet governance 14-09-2018

Top German court delays YouTube illegal uploads case to seek EU opinion

Germany’s highest court has postponed a decision on whether YouTube is liable for violations of intellectual property rights on its video platform in order to seek the opinion of European Union judges, a process expected to take one to two years.
Technology 11-09-2018

Legislating with blinkers: the EU’s copyright reform is up for the vote

Europe’s creative sector is without doubt very important to our economy. Over the past decades, it has grown, mainly due to what is arguably Europe’s (and the world’s) most valuable shared economic asset: the internet. Ursula Pachl explains.

Controversial copyright overhaul passes Parliament committee, still faces political fight

A sweeping, controversial copyright reform bill passed through the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on Wednesday (20 June), but the legislation could still be toppled during a make-or-break vote in the full chamber’s plenary session next month.
Technology 01-03-2018

Commission faces backlash for plan to fast-track tech platforms’ removal of illegal posts

Internet platforms are coming under more and more pressure in Europe, and now face a potential legal threat if they do not remove posts with terrorist content within one hour.

France eyes EU law to crack down on terrorists’ use of social media

France’s top diplomat in charge of technology policy said there could be a need for EU legislation to make sure social media firms remove content promoting terrorism.

EU adds pressure on online platforms with plan for fast removal of terrorist content

Online platforms should remove posts promoting terrorism within one hour after receiving complaints, according to a draft European Commission document that leaked on Tuesday (13 February).
Freedom of thought 19-01-2018

Commission backs away from regulating online platforms over hate speech

The European Commission is backing away from a plan to propose binding EU legislation that would force online platforms to remove posts containing hate speech.
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Technology 30-11-2017

The YouTube Pop-up Space in Brussels

Last week, YouTube hosted a Pop-up Space in Belgium for the first time. The space was designed to give YouTubers the opportunity to learn, connect and create.
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.
Technology 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.

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.
Technology 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.