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The EC’s Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online

The European Commission (‘EC’) published on 1 March 2018 its Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online (‘Recommendation’)1, which applies to hosting service providers such as YouTube and Facebook. The Recommendation follows the EC’s Communication of 28 September 2017 on tackling illegal content online (‘Communication’)2. In the Communication, the EC announced it would monitor progress in tackling such content, and assess whether additional measures were needed to ensure the swift and proactive detection and removal of illegal content online. In this article, Dr Torsten Kraul, Associated Partner at Noerr, examines the Recommendation, which sets forth a set of operational measures to be followed by service providers and Member States, with the EC to monitor the success of these before determining whether to propose legislation in this area.

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