Brussels — Companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter could face EU laws forcing them to be more proactive in removing illegal content if they do not do more to police what is available on the internet. The EU Commission outlines in draft guidelines how internet firms should step up efforts with measures such as establishing trusted flaggers and taking voluntary measures to detect and remove illegal content. Proliferating illegal content, whether because it infringes copyright or incites terrorism, has sparked heated debate between those who want online platforms to do more to tackle it and those who say it could impinge on free speech.

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