France forces web giants to remove certain illegal content within an hour

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PARIS, May 13 (Reuters) – Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove pedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to 4% of their global revenue by under a new French law passed Wednesday.

For other “manifestly illegal” content, companies like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat will have 24 hours to delete it, according to law, which also sets up a specialized digital prosecutor in the courts and a government unit to observe hate speech online.

Report by Elizabeth Pineau
Written by Geert De Clercq; edited by David Evans

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