New legislation is expected to be proposed in September by the EU to help combat terrorism and terror-related media. The details of said law are still being worked out, but it’s likely going to be boiled down to “Make sure your website takes down any terror-related media (pictures, videos, etc.) or suffer a fine”. A similar proposal was passed in March which gave companies an hour after being contacted by authorities to take down any such material or face possible legislation.
Now, how does this affect you? Well, it might or it might not. It really depends on your business. If you use your company’s website as nothing more than a shopping cart or catalogue of products, then you’re fine. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever be affected negatively by this law.
If, on the other hand, you use your website as an open area for people to discuss ideas, write comments, upload videos or pictures, then you may be affected. Don’t worry too much, though. You aren’t required to be online 24/7, constantly looking through pictures and videos for anything that might violate the law. It’s more likely that you’ll be given a notice by authorities to remove the content in question by a certain time or deal with the fine (not to mention any backlash from customers).
Luckily, there are many ways to help fight this problem without having to change too much. There are databases of known terror-related material that many of the big companies, like Facebook, Google, and Twitter share so that these videos and images won’t crop up. There are also various plugins, and add-ons that many could use to filter unwanted content automatically without having to moderate it too much.
Also, it’s important to note that, with Brexit on the way, who even knows if this law will affect us in the UK at all? But that’s a question for another time.
More details are expected to emerge on the proposed legislation in the coming months. Until then, I’d say just keep doing what you’re doing with your website and use common sense for now. Maybe even look into better ways to filter content if your company website allows users to upload content. The fact is that, with the internet constantly evolving and becoming bigger and bigger as it is, more and more legislation is required to help police it and fight radicalisation.