The legislation, approved last year, introduced a specific regime for Very Large Online Platforms (VLOP) and Very Large Online Search Engines (VLOSE), all of which have more than 45 million users in the EU.
Amazon Store, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, Wikipedia and YouTube are just some of the 17 companies that the European Commission designated VLOP in its announcement on Tuesday. VLOSE are Bing and Google Search.
Companies listed by the Commission will have to comply with the full set of new obligations under the DSA by 25 August. These obligations include: various features intended to enable users, such as the right to opt out of profiling-based recommendation systems. ; strengthen the protection of minors; more diligent content moderation policies to help reduce misinformation; and greater transparency and accountability.
By the August deadline, designated search engines and platforms will have to demonstrate to the EU Commission that they have properly adapted their systems, resources and processes to comply, establish an independent compliance system and that have carried out and reported their first annual risk assessment to the Commission.
Failure to comply with the DSA will result in fines of up to 6% of the company’s global turnover.
The DSA was approved by the European Parliament in April 2022 and sets new rules on how internet companies must protect European users from online misinformation and illegal content, goods and services.
New EU rules for internet giants
As well as defining obligations to protect children and tackle misinformation, the legislation prohibits the practice of targeting users online based on their religion, gender or sexual preferences, so-called dark patterns to mislead users and the deceptive web design intended to encourage people to do so unwittingly. click online content.
“The whole logic of our rules is to ensure that technology serves the people and societies we live in, not the other way around,” said Margrethe Vestager, the Commission’s competition commissioner, in comments published alongside the announcement “The Digital Services Act will bring significant transparency and accountability to platforms and search engines and give consumers more control over their online lives. The designations made today are a big step forward in achieving this.”
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The digital world is rapidly changing the way we interact with technology. Companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter are at the forefront of this revolution, and have already grabbed attention from the European Union (EU). The EU recently added these three companies to its list of companies expected to comply with content rules as part of its Digital Services Act (DSA).
Under the DSA, companies registered in the EU must take responsibility for their content. This includes making sure that all content is monitored for safety, accuracy, and legal compliance. It also involves ensuring that consumer data is properly secured and respecting the rights of other platforms and the public.
Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter have all established user policies in accordance with the DSA. Additionally, they have implemented strict measures to protect user data and prevent illegal content from being spread. This is a major step in the right direction, but it is still in the early stages.
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