Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020

Proposal 204

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 3 to 5, 2020 in Skopje

Author: LYMEC Bureau, Radikal Ungdom, Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya, JUNOS, YMRF (resolutions drafted by the policy renewal working group).


Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

1Urgent Resolution on harmful content online

2This resolution archives Resolution 2.15 on the Plan of the EU to Block Websites.

3Civil Rights, Internet, Transparency, Freedom of expression

4For consideration on the annual Congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) in

5Skopje, North Macedonia on 3-5 April 2020.

6Considers: 

7- that any case of child abuse published on the internet to be deeply disturbing, but that it is

8important to fight child abuse effectively instead of only making  such content invisible when
9hosted on EU servers; 

10- that blocking web sites does not help to avoid harmful content online, but only makes it

11somewhat harder to reach the website and more difficult for the authorities to identify them. That
12there effective initiatives in this field - such as INHOPE, a network of hotlines reporting on child
13abuse online cases that works with representatives of the technology sector, child advocates,
14and law enforcement, need to be supported;

15- that the EU Internet Forum was launched in the EU in 2015 to stop the misuse of the internet by

16international terrorist groups and that the Forum provides a framework for voluntary cooperation
17with the internet industry to remove online terrorist content, bringing together governments, EU
18Agencies, academics, and internet companies such as: Google/YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft,
19Twitter, Justpaste.it, Snap, Wordpress and Yellow;

20- That currently the Dissemination of terrorist content online Directive is being negotiated

21between the European parliament and the Council. That amongst other sensitive elements, the
22Directive contains the so called “one hour rule” - a legally binding one hour deadline for content
23to be removed by platforms and server providers following a removal order from national
24competent authorities, and also, a “duty of care obligation”, rendering all platforms to ensure
25they are not misused for the dissemination of terrorist content. Considers these provisions to put
26inadequate pressure to smaller platforms, operated by SMEs;

27- that Since May 2016, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, Google+ and Instagram have

28committed to combatting the spread of illegal online hate speech in Europe through a Code of
29Conduct, committing to review and remove content in less than 24 hours. When they receive a
30request to remove content from their platform, the companies assess the request against their
31rules and community guidelines, national laws on combating racism and xenophobia. That
32according to the European Commission this has led to a removal by the signatory platforms of an
33average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them and in more than 80% of these cases, the
34removals took place within 24 hours;

35- That despite the broad public outcry on the legal uncertainties and ambiguities of the Directive

36on the copyright in the digital single with its liability regime for content-sharing platforms, it was
37adopted by the European Parliament with a narrow majority, and its impact on the way the
38Internet and its digital market operates is yet to be seen.

39The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC):

40- strongly condemns any form of child abuse and child pornography, calls the European

41institutions and Member states for a joint effort to fight any kind of child abuse with effective
42measures inside and outside the internet, and for support to initiatives that fight this phenomenon
43and provide victim support;

44- Reaffirms its stand that the internet is a fundamental right in an age of digitalization and calls for

45its protection as such;

46- Calls the liberal MEPs to oppose censorship of the internet, and insists that actions, such as

47website or content blocks, should require thorough judicial review and authorisation by means of
48a court order and not by order of a government or any means of automatic filtering.

49- Calls for thorough impact assessment to be provided in any further legislative proposals dealing

50with the functioning of freedom of speech in the internet and the digital single market. 


Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020.