Published On: Wed, Jun 20th, 2018

Memes Might Be Censored In Europe As Part Of EU Copyright Directive Article 13

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Memes could be censored.

Memes could be censored.
 

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Memes. You’ve seen them, shared them, and maybe even created them. Now, as part of a new law called the EU Copyright Directive, memes face potential censorship by giants like Facebook, Reddit, and 4chan. The new law is not specifically targeting memes, although memes fall under the wide umbrella of the types of information that could potentially become censored, according to Wired.

Article 13 of the Copyright Directive says that large websites must use “content recognition technologies” to find copyrighted videos, photos, text, and even code. The “content” also includes sound, reported Gizmodo. Currently, some large website companies are already using such content recognition technologies. For example, YouTube uses an AI system and human employees to censor inappropriate uploads.

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Memes Might Be Censored In Europe As Part Of EU Copyright Directive Article 13