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Parliamentary question - E-010187/2015Parliamentary question

The impact social media stakeholders have on European citizens and rising anti-Semitism in the wake of increasing radicalisation

Question for written answer E-010187-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fulvio Martusciello (PPE) , Cecilia Wikström (ALDE) , Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) , Nadine Morano (PPE)

The threat from terrorism remains strong in Europe and the Internet creates more and more opportunities to become radicalised, acting as an echo chamber for extremist beliefs and connecting like-minded individuals from across the world 24/7.

Radicals have been using stakeholders to spread their hateful messages and they manage to escape prosecution because of foreign laws. Chat rooms are created and permitted to function online accelerating radicalisation through influential digital discussions and encouragement.

Such platforms are a breeding ground for hatred and violence and often use the conflict in the Middle East as a prime argument in their preaching when asking their students to import this hatred to the streets of Europe particularly victimising the Jewish minority. We have also recently witnessed the targeting of those who work towards and defend one of Europe’s fundamental values: freedom of expression.

1. What stage is the Commission at in the negotiations process with relevant stakeholders?

2. Which Member States are implementing the EU Council Framework Decision2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008?

3. Is the Commission preparing legal measures that would compel social media stakeholders to locate their platform/hosts in the EU so that in cases of incitement to hatred and violence, those individuals can be prosecuted by the European Court of Justice or by national courts?