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Dutch hosts decry court-order-free “jihadist” material takedown requests

Dutch hosting providers are complaining about law enforcement calls for them to take down jihadist material that isn’t necessarily illegal. Michiel Steltman, director of the Dutch Hosting Provider Association, told Het Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday that public prosecutors are increasingly asking for content to be removed on the basis of criminal suspicion, but with no judicial review. He cited the recent example of a video of men celebrating around a campfire, accompanied by Arabic text, where it was unclear that they were definitely celebrating jihadist activity. “The government has a perfectly legal tool to remove content, but chooses not to use it [regarding] jihadism,” Leaseweb legal chief Alex de Joode added in the article.