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EU threatens social media firms over extremist content

The European Union has told the likes of Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter that they have three months to prove they are being pro-active in removing extremist content.

The European Commission has told social media firms that they should be ready to remove the content - such as hate speech and Islamic State propaganda - within an hour of being notified and if they fail to achieve the target, there will be sanctions.

Digital commissioner Andrus Ansip told the Guardian newspaper: "While several platforms have been removing more illegal content than ever before ... we still need to react faster against terrorist propaganda and other illegal content which is a serious threat to our citizens' security, safety and fundamental rights."

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