London, Sept 22 (ANI): Police across Europe has planned to 'patrol' Internet sites like Facebook, Google and Twitter for postings supporting terrorism, it has emerged.
A leaked document about the 'Clean IT' initiative, revealed that Internet firms also face an array of new obligations to monitor their services for extremist material.
"It must be legal for police officers to 'patrol' on social media. This includes having a profile, joining user groups, sending and receiving messages, on the platform," the document said.
According to the Telegraph, officials are also preparing proposals for "semi automated detection" systems and buttons to allow users to report suspicious activity on social networks and chatrooms to authorities.
"Users must be provided a way to flag/report terrorism and radicalising content as a separate, specific category to flag/report," the report said.
The plan is likely to spark alarm among Internet companies, who have long argued it would be impractical and repressive to force them to police the web, the report said.
According to the paper, civil rights activists warned that Clean IT, funded by a 400,000 euro grant and led by Dutch counter-terrorism officials, could mandate 'vigilantism' online and a clampdown on free speech. (ANI)