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On 6 December, the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Ministers rushed through an agreement on a negotiating position on the proposal for a Regulation to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content online. When the European Commission published its proposal in September, we called out several problems, namely it’s lack of evidence to justify its necessity and its incompatibility with fundamental rights standards. Unfortunately, Member States did not heed these warnings. While the Council’s text attempts to address some of our concerns, more work is required.

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In April 2018, the European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Online Disinformation: A European Approach”. The Communication outlines overarching principles and objectives that should guide short and long term actions to tackle the phenomenon of disinformation. In our response to the Commission’s Communication, we cautioned against the potential risks to free expression of this self-regulatory initiative. While many of the specific commitments in the draft Code are benign, we remain concerned that the overall process is oriented toward pressuring platforms to remove or suppress content and accounts without meaningful safeguards.

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