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EU flags blown by wind in front of the European Commission Headquarters, also know as the Berlaymont building, on March 16, 2016 in Brussels.EU flags blown by wind in front of the European Commission Headquarters, also know as the Berlaymont building, on March 16, 2016 in Brussels. (Photo: roibu/Shutterstock.com)

SAN FRANCISCO—The European Commission is ramping up pressure on tech companies to more aggressively use automated filtering to scrub “illegal” content from the internet, a move that is drawing criticism from some lawyers and free speech activists in Silicon Valley.

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