Amidst the swirl of Coronavirus fake news concerns, France has brought in new law to curb online harmful content. 

Social Media platforms now have just 24 hours to remove discriminatory, hateful or violent content and 1 hour to remove child sexual abuse or terrorist content. The law imposes obligations relating to the processing of notifications, transparency and collaboration with the  authorities. Fines have increased to Euro 1,250,000, plus the regulator may impose a fine of up to 4% of annual global revenue. In recognition of the digital financial ecosystem, transparency obligations have also been imposed on digital advertisers. 

The EU is actively progressing its proposed Digital Services Act which will govern online harms. However, national states are progressing their own agendas at a faster pace. France now joins Germany which brought in tougher online hate laws in 2018. The UK has its own online harms agenda. The regulatory and digital content risk landscape for online platforms is becoming increasingly treacherous.  

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