EU plans to introduce laws requiring technology companies to do more to combat child sexual abuse

In a newspaper interview, a top EU official said that the EU aims to legislate in the coming months to oblige technology companies to do more to combat child sexual abuse, bolstering present voluntary arrangements.

Ylva Johansson, EU Home Affairs Commissioner, told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag that internet service providers and social media companies recorded 22 million child sexual abuse offenses in 2020, up from 17 million in 2019.

But she said that was only a fraction of the true figure. “In the next months, I will propose legislation requiring corporations to recognize, report, and remove child sexual abuse,” Ms. Johansson was reported as saying.

“A voluntary report will no longer suffice at that point.”

Under existing EU regulations, social media networks and mail and message services such as Facebook and Google have the option of following up on offenses or not.

Mr. Johansson stated that the fight against child abuse should be better coordinated and that a specialized European center is needed to promote prevention, law enforcement, and victim support. — Reuters

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