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EU sets new online rules for Google, Meta to curb illegal content

Brussels- The Alphabet unit Google, Meta and other large online platforms are to tackle illegal content or impose heavy fines under the new Internet rules agreed between European Union countries and EU lawmakers on Saturday. I have to do more.

The agreement came after more than 16 hours of negotiations. The Digital Services Act (DSA) is the second pillar of the strategy by Marguerite Vestager, head of EU antitrust law, to conquer Google, Meta and other US high-tech giants in the Alphabet sector.

Last month, she blocked and legislated 27 countries on a groundbreaking rule called the Digital Markets Act (DMA) that could force Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft to change their core business practices in Europe. I got support from people.

“There is an agreement on DSA. The Digital Services Act will allow anything illegal offline to be considered and treated online. It’s not a real slogan,” Vestagger said in a tweet.

EU parliamentarian Dita Charanzois, who called for such a rule eight years ago, welcomed the agreement.

“Google, Meta and other large online platforms will have to act to better protect their users. Europe has revealed that they can’t act as independent digital islands,” she said. Said in a statement.

In a statement, Google said, “Once the law is complete and enforced, the details are important. To ensure that the law works for everyone, we will work with policy makers to provide the remaining technical details. I look forward to understanding it correctly. “

Under the DSA, companies can be fined up to 6% of global sales for violating the rules, but repeated violations could ban business in the EU.

The new rules prohibit targeted advertising for children or based on sensitive data such as religion, gender, race, or political opinion. Dark patterns, a tactic that misleads people into providing personal data to businesses online, are also prohibited.

Very large online platforms and online search engines need to take specific steps in the event of a crisis.

Companies may be forced to hand over data related to algorithms to regulatory agencies and researchers.

Companies also face annual fees of up to 0.05% of global annual revenue to cover the costs of monitoring compliance.

EU lawmaker Martin Schirdewan has criticized the tax exemption given to SMEs.

“Under pressure from conservatives, small business exception rules have been integrated. This is a mistake. Exceptions are like loopholes because there are many companies in the digital sector that fit this definition,” he said. Said. .. DSA will come into force in 2024. -agency

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