Wednesday 18 October 2017

French police target hundreds of websites after Paris attacks

Floral tributes and candles opposite the Bataclan theatre in Paris
Floral tributes and candles opposite the Bataclan theatre in Paris

French police have targeted hundreds of websites suspected of "inciting or glorifying acts of terrorism" after the Paris attacks by ordering content removals, delisting sites from search engines or blocking access.

The French privacy watchdog in charge of monitoring website closures said more than 1,000 pieces of web content have been removed, nearly 400 URLs ordered delisted and 68 websites blocked since November.

Alexandre Linden, the privacy commission's ombudsman, said he approved all the requested web closures except one - a photograph of dozens of people killed by attackers inside the Bataclan.

Mr Linden said the photograph's context meant it was not "inciting or glorifying terrorism" and the Interior Ministry agreed to reverse its decision.

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