The Internet Archive has some staff members that procedure takedown notices. Most of the falsely identified URLs mentioned here (including the report by the French government) were delivered to us at the middle of the night — between midnight and 3am Pacific — and all the reports were shipped outside of the business hours of the Internet Archive.

Even if it was possible for the Web Archive to sift through tens of millions of documents in a group targeted by these takedowns at one hour to figure out whether the takedown notice is legitimate, the timezone problem usually means that they would have to be ready to do this at the middle of the night in San Francisco, when the EU bureaus most typically send their demands.

It’d be bad enough if the mistaken URLs in these examples were to get some relatively obscure items on our site, however, the EU IRU’s lists comprise some of the most visited pages on archive.org and substances that clearly have high scholarly and research value.
The one-hour requirement basically means that do our best to examine them after the fact and we would need to take down URLs that are reported mechanically.

And, being the Archive explains, there’s simply no way that (1) the website might have complied with all the Terrorist Content Regulation had it been law last week when they received the notices, and (2) they should have blocked all that clearly non-terrorist content.


The French government gave the Internet Archive 24 hours to obey its demand or face a nationally block.

The takedowns arrive in just as the EU is getting ready to vote on a proposition that will induce platforms to remove”terrorist” content within one hour or face censorship through federal firewalls, fines, and criminal sanctions.