The latest target of the European Commission (EC) seemed to be Meta And Snap and we’re not surprised, as we’ve seen how other tech giants are being dragged into this. Both Meta and Snap are beyond popular for youngsters and after seeing the EC deal with similar firms in the past, it was obvious that these two companies were next.
Keeping the Digital Services Act (DSA) in mind, the EC is now urging both tech giants to be more transparent regarding their policies for children’s protection. Yesterday, it requested to provide a detailed outlook on how they’re working to ensure young users remain safe from the many hazards at stake.
Remember, the EU has requested both TikTok and YouTube to put their many policies on display by the end of November as per reports from Reuters. However, for whatever reason, they’re giving Meta and Snap to do the same by the first of next month.
All of these rules arise under the famous DSA that has been designed to keep all members of the EU safe from online hazards and put an end to the unlawful practices that tech giants are indulging in.
Moreover, it’s similarly calling out for a total ban on things like advertising for youngsters. So as you can see, the EC isn’t taking any risks when it comes to children, whether the apps like it or not.
But many feel that with the DSA in its place, the EC will gain the command to scrutinize the firms better and their respective operations, in case they are not happy with the measures being taken by them.
Similarly, the EU will also be charging huge fines that go all the way up to 6% of the company’s profit turnover from their global earnings.
The news was clearly delineated by the commission that says in the recently published press release how they are quoting Article 74 (2) of the Digital Services Act. This would give them full authority to put out fines for data or actions that they deem to be unlawful, wrong, or simply misleading. And that would be the response for all such data.
In case no such replies are generated from the company’s end, the EC holds the right to request data through a decision. In such circumstances, no response generated by the deadline period may result in forceful payments of penalties as outlined above.
Remember, just last month, we witnessed the Digital Services Act give a shoutout to the likes of TikTok as well as Meta to speak on issues linked to disinformation. This was to keep all kinds of content that was violent, hateful, explicit, and abusive at bay on such platforms.
The news arose at a time right after we saw the EC request Twitter, now X, makes similar changes and follows the right framework of design.
So as one can tell, the pressure is on in terms of large-scale companies working around the EU region who will now be answerable for not doing enough to ensure children’s rights are protected at all times online.
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