EU struggles over law to tackle spread of terror online

By Alice Cuddy
BBC News

Publishedduration17 April 2019image copyrightGetty Images

EU officials are struggling to agree on a law aimed at preventing the spread of "terrorist content" online.

The European Parliament approved a draft version of the law on Wednesday evening, which would impose a one-hour deadline to remove offending content.

But a European Commission official told the BBC changes made to the text by parliament made the law ineffective.

It now plans to agree a version closer to the original with a new parliament after the elections in May.

"Given the importance, we have to come back and work on this again with them," the official said.

The law would affect social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which could face fines of up to 4% of their annual global turnover.