The EU has voted to adopt a controversial law which could ban memes and censor the internet. Critics fear the legislation being brewed up in Brussels will stop people from sharing copyrighted images or videos – perhaps even if they have been altered or edited. The laws would force Google, Microsoft and others to pay publishers for displaying snippets of news stories, which could effectively forbid EU citizens from sharing articles. They could also introduce mandatory upload filtering, which would require online platforms such as YouTube, GitHub, and Instagram to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials or seek licences to display content.
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