New anti-terrorism unit will tackle extremist content on the web

March 13, 2015

European security officials are planning a specialised counter-terrorism unit to tackle the rise of extremist content on the internet.

The proposal, put to government ministers from EU member states at an EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting yesterday, would see the creation of an Internet Referral Unit that would come under the control of Europol.

The new unit, which would be modelled on the UK’s existing Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), would be tasked with removing jihadist and other extremist content from the web.

The Financial Times notes how the existing CTIRU largely relies upon a culture of co-operation with large internet firms rather than enforcement action, saying officers have a special relationship with service providers that allows them to flag material for quick moderation.



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