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November 20, 2018

Attacking free speech: EU clampdown on online freedom of expression begins as parliament passes article 13

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The EU clampdown on freedom of expression took a massive step forward on Wednesday as MEP’s voted in favour of the proposed Article 13, the controversial legislation that will effectively ban memes and sharing articles online CNBC reports.

Brussel’s apparatchiks will now begin the process of laying out the bureaucratic framework necessary to implement the new law.

The new legislation which has been dubbed a “link tax” is described by EU technocrats as a measure designed to prevent copyright protected material from being uploaded.

The new law could force Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others to pay for sharing snippets of news or videos which means EU citizens will be blocked from sharing articles and platforms, like YouTube and Instagram etc., filters will be installed preventing uploading of copyright material Metro UK has reported.

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