The regulation enables authorities to order service providers to remove terrorist content from the internet within an hour. Service providers can also be required to take measures to prevent the spread of terrorist content online. The companies themselves will decide on the specific measures taken. The regulation empowers national authorities to order that terrorist content be removed, regardless of whether a given company has its headquarters within the EU. The authorities of the country in which the company has its headquarters will also be consulted in this process.
Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, said:
Europe stands united in the fight against terrorism. The spread of terror is not protected by the freedom of expression and the internet is not a lawless zone. Asserting these principles is not the sole responsibility of government. We are making sure that internet companies also cannot shirk their responsibilities.