EU targets Google, Facebook, Twitter and other ‘very large’ tech companies with stricter rules 

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The European Commission has released its first list of “Very Large Online Platforms” (VLOPs) that will need to comply with stricter rules under the Digital Services Act (DSA). The 17 VLOPs on the list include Google, Alibaba, Amazon, Wikipedia, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more, all of which have at least 45 million monthly active users. Meanwhile, Bing and Google Search have been labelled as Very Large Online Search Engines.

These companies will now have four months to comply with the new obligations under the DSA. The Act aims to enhance user protection, provide greater transparency and accountability, and counter illegal content and disinformation. They will be required to provide clear information on why they recommend certain information to certain users, give users the ability to opt out, provide simple tools to flag illegal content, take stronger measures to counter illegal content and disinformation, and give researchers access to publicly available data. Moreover, they will have to allow experts from the newly-created European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT) to assess their algorithms’ compliance with the various obligations.

The list of VLOPs is “not especially surprising,” according to Zach Meyers, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, who also noted that “very few European companies will face the toughest regulation under the DSA.” Member states have until February 2024 to set up national agencies to oversee these VLOPs and smaller platforms and search engines.

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