French authorities are now using their new powers to implement a plan to block five websites, which they claim advocate terrorism, without seeking a court order. Authorities stated Internet service providers have only 24 hours to comply with their demands. The chairman of the European Internet Service Provider OVH took to Twitter and stated the company has not been given a warning regarding the 24 hours to shutdown the five aforementioned websites.
The new powers the French government can use are to shutdown websites that are suspected of aiding or supporting terrorist acts, as well as circulating indecorous images of children. The rules to block these websites, along with additional counter-terrorism stipulations, were voted on by the French parliament in 2014. This is the first time legislation has been created that allows authorities to block websites without first obtaining a court order.
After the heinous attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this year, 11 ministers from around Europe, including France, have expressed their concerns about the advancement of violence via the Internet. Some French members of parliament stated more precautions need to be taken to prevent future terrorist attacks that are provoked by websites and online posts.
By Alex Lemieux
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