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French Bill on combating hate content on the internet

Author(s):
Senate
Publication year:
2019
The debates mention that the European Commission has made very critical comments to the Government on the bill, adopted by the National Assembly, and aimed at combating hate content on the internet. The European Commission warns of a likely violation of the e-commerce directive and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. According to the Commission, the text violates several major principles of European law: the country of origin principle; the diminished liability of hosting providers; the prohibition of widespread network surveillance. Recalling the existence of several European legislative initiatives in progress, the Commission has formally invited France to postpone the adoption of this text.