EU summit to assess removal of ‘terrorist content’ from internet on 22-23 June

The issues of fast removal of terrorism-related materials from the Internet will be discussed at the upcoming summit of EU leaders scheduled to take place on 22-23 June, European Council President Donald Tusk said.

“Now it is time to step up cooperation with the online industry. Terrorist propaganda makes its biggest impact within the first few hours of being posted. We should therefore encourage the industry to develop tools that will automatically detect and remove content that spreads terrorist material or incites to violence,” Tusk said in the invitation letter for the EU leaders published on Wednesday.

The European Union leadership will not fight against terrorism instead of member states’ governments, because “the policy response depends mainly on governments,” however, Brussels may help to “win this fight,” Tusk stressed.

Tusk also called terrorism a major threat to EU security in the letter.

Europe has been hit by dozens of deadly terrorist attacks in recent years, including blasts in Brussels on 22 March, 2016 as well as truck ramming attacks in Nice on 14 July, 2016, in Berlin on 19 December, 2016. A set of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom hit London in March and in June, and the city of Manchester was targeted in May.