European Union (EU) leaders have decided to push ahead with a proposal to require all social media platforms to take down material that they believe encourages terrorism.
The decision comes on the heels of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris which killed 12 people.
It also comes just weeks after the EU Council approved the draft new rules, which were introduced last week by the European Commission.
The new regulations aim to tackle social media in a “more transparent and transparent way”, with a focus on preventing terrorist content, the Commission said in a statement.
“We will continue to monitor the implementation of the new regulations and take the necessary steps to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens of the Union,” it said.
The proposed new rules are based on a recommendation by the Commission’s Committee on Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
However, they were criticised by rights groups, including Amnesty International, which said they did not take into account existing data.
The European Commission has previously been criticised for the lack of transparency around the implementation plans, with some European countries saying they did too little to fight terrorism, while others were critical of the Commission for not taking action on terrorism before it took over the EU’s legislative process.