Archive.org hit with hundreds of false terrorist content notices from EU

Nations around the world are cracking down on online terrorist content, introducing legislation that penalizes sites and ISPs if they fail to remove suspect content. But that fight could pose a real threat to sites like the Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves old copies of webpages and other digital information.

In a blog post yesterday, the organization explained that it received more than 550 takedown notices from the European Union in the past week “falsely identifying hundreds of URLs on archive.org as ‘terrorist propaganda’.”

The notices came from Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (or EU IRU). They included URLs for major collection pages, each containing millions of items (e.g., “https://archive.org/details/t…

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