An important regulation to protect the Internet in the EU

The EU is about to reach an agreement to protect the Internet by enhancing digital platforms.

An agreement scheduled for Friday

The EU is about to reach an agreement to protect the Internet by enhancing digital platforms.

(AFP) – How to crack down on “pornography revenge”, misinformation, hate speech or the sale of dangerous products online? The EU could find an agreement on legislation on Friday to secure the Internet by holding digital platforms accountable.



They oppose vaccinated and unvaccinated, anti and pro-CovidCheck. Hate speech on the Internet is taken very seriously by the Luxembourg prosecutor’s office. Justice handles about twenty complaints each month.


“We will have an agreement”, the European Parliament and the Member States, which have been negotiating with the Commission since January, are “very motivated to close the Digital Services Act (DSA) on Friday”. , says a European source.

The first part ended in late March

The text is one of two parts of a major plan presented in December 2020 by Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and her Internal Market counterpart Thierry Breton to better regulate the technology giants.

The first part, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which targets anti-competitive practices, was concluded in late March.

The DSA updates the e-commerce directive, born 20 years ago when giant platforms like Amazon or Facebook (Meta group) were still in their infancy. Objective: To end the areas of illegality and abuse on the Internet. “What is illegal offline must also be illegal online,” sums up Thierry Breton.

Excesses on social media have often reached the headlines. Assassination of history professor Samuel Paty in France, following a hate campaign in October 2020, an attack on protesters in the capital of the United States in January 2021, partly planned thanks to Facebook and Twitter, campaigns of misinformation during the Brexit referendum …

What is illegal offline must also be illegal online.

Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market

The dark side of the Internet also refers to platforms saturated with the sale of counterfeit or defective products, which can be dangerous, such as children’s toys that do not meet safety standards.

The new regulation will force social media to suspend users who “frequently” post illegal content, as defined by national and European laws. It will require online sales sites to verify the identity of their suppliers before offering their products.

Deterrent fines

At the heart of the project are new obligations imposed on “very large platforms”, which have “more than 45 million active users” in the EU, ie around twenty companies, the list of which is for determine however that it will include Gafam (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) as well as Twitter, and probably TikTok, Zalando or Booking.

These players must themselves assess the risks associated with the use of their services and put in place the appropriate means to eliminate illegal content. they will see impose greater transparency on your data and its recommendation algorithms.



Luxembourg’s confidence in the European Union has not completely withstood the pandemic. Thus, four out of ten residents maintain a positive image of the EU, while 41% say they are pessimistic about the future.


They will be audited once a year by independent bodies and will be subject to the supervision of the European Commission. You can impose penalties of up to 5% of your daily turnover to force them to react quickly, or fines of up to 6% of your annual sales in case of repeated infringements.

In particular, the DSA should require the removal of used images revenge porn and prohibit the use of data on religion or political opinion for advertising purposes.

The American complainant Frances Haugen, who reported Facebook’s passivity in the face of the annoyances of its social networks in order to preserve its benefits, it had welcomed in November the “enormous potential” of the European regulatory project that could become a “benchmark” for other countries, including the United States.


Georges-Louis Bouchez created the sensation

The intensive use of this social network may partly explain the ability of French-speaking liberals to dictate the political agenda.


The Federation of European Consumer Associations (BEUC), however, fears that the text will not go far enough. He would like to ban all advertising based on the tracking of Internet users. It calls for banning “tricked” (“dark pattern”) interfaces, for example, to push users to buy certain services or to accept certain settings, such as files that record their browsing data.

He considers it essential that online marketers impose random checks on the products of their suppliers. “The proposal contains many very good innovations. But if in the end we do not force the markets to control what they sell, it could be a missed opportunity “, believes Claudio Teixeira, lawyer of the BEUC.


On the same subject

The intensive use of this social network may partly explain the ability of French-speaking liberals to dictate the political agenda.

Georges-Louis Bouchez created the sensation

EU member states, the Commission and the European Parliament reached an agreement on Thursday on new legislation that should put an end to the abuse of a dominant position by digital giants.

They oppose vaccinated and unvaccinated, anti and pro-CovidCheck. Hate speech on the Internet is taken very seriously by the Luxembourg prosecutor’s office. Justice handles about twenty complaints each month.

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More than Google+ and Twitter

At the end of 2014, 7 out of 10 Internet users admitted to being active on social media, according to a study published by GlobalWebIndex. It’s especially on Facebook where they like to come back several times a day to “like” a post or read an article.

Active social media users can spend up to 2 hours a day browsing.

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