In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a number of European Union ministers have called for a new online tool that would enable “swift reporting of material that aims to incite hatred and terror and the condition of its removing, where appropriate/possible.”
How exactly would this reporting take place? European officials don’t explain in their three-page Sunday statement, but one of the signatories was Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.
The Belgian official endorsed a 2013 quixotic EU-funded plan called CleanIT, which spent €400,000 ($473,000) to hold a bunch of meetings and produce a final report without creating anything concrete. And while CleanIT is not mentioned by name in the new statement, the reporting description sounds very much like it.
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