About: content moderation

Technology 02-05-2022

Internet filters do not infringe freedom of expression if they work well. But will they?

The EU Court has clarified that filters should not be trusted when they cannot do their job with adequate precision. But their supervision remains weak. The upcoming AI Act offers an opportunity to address this, writes Martin Husovec.
Technology 23-04-2022

EU institutions reach agreement on Digital Services Act

European Union co-legislators reached an agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA), flagship legislation that will reign in the digital sphere and step up the fight against illegal content and disinformation.
Technology 25-03-2022

Global view key in assessing DSA impacts, say stakeholders

Attention must be paid to the global, not just European, impacts of the Digital Services Act (DSA), stakeholders have stressed, as the landmark platform regulation reaches its final legislative stretch. 
Disinformation 16-03-2022

TikTok accused of allowing Kremlin propaganda

Kremlin propaganda is being shared on TikTok by a "network of coordinated accounts" despite the platform's ban on new Russian content, according to a study. EURACTIV France reports.
Media 04-03-2022

Russia threatens to block access to Wikipedia

Russia's media watchdog is threatening to block access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia because of its entry on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is the latest in a series of crackdowns on free media coverage since the war broke out.
Technology 24-02-2022

Leading platforms keep humans in the content moderation loop, report finds

Best practices for content moderation incorporate both human and automated elements in their systems, according to a report published on Thursday (24 February) on the accountability of major online organisations. 

MEPs adopt Digital Services Act with significant last-minute changes

A large majority of MEPs voted in favour of the Digital Services Act on Thursday (20 January), after plenary amendments introduced important changes to the text.
Technology 10-12-2021

Facebook should not be trusted to regulate political ads on its own

Our research demonstrates that we cannot trust major online platforms to do a good job of regulating online political ads. Instead, we must ensure that reforms are powerful enough to hold digital platforms accountable, write Victor le Pochat and Laura Edelson.

Connectivity providers eye redistribution of responsibilities with the DSA

For 20 years, internet service providers have been tasked by relevant authorities with taking down illegal content. With the Digital Services Act (DSA), obligations are largely moving to online platforms.
Technology 06-12-2021

Why internet regulation and media freedom must go hand-in-hand

The European press sector has serious concerns about the ongoing Digital Services Act negotiations in Parliament and Council, which risk undermining Europe’s free and independent press.  Victoria Svanberg is the acting vice-chair and acting chairman of NWT Gruppen AB and...

EU countries embrace platform regulations, but divisions remain

EU ministers gathered in Brussels on Thursday (25 November) to rubber-stamp the new ambitious rules for the digital space. However, significant divisions remain.
Technology 25-11-2021

EU Commission presents new rules for political ads

The European Commission launched a proposal to regulate political advertising, introducing transparency obligations for marketers and strict limits to the use of sensitive personal information. The proposal was published on Thursday (25 November) to protect the electoral process and democratic...
Technology 19-11-2021

Digital Brief: DSA general approach, DMA compromise, data retention

EURACTIV’s Digital Brief brings you a weekly update on all things digital in the EU.

DSA: EU ambassadors reach agreement to start interinstitutional negotiations

Representatives of EU countries endorsed a key piece of digital legislation, the Digital Services Act, on Wednesday, confirming proposals for a 24-hour deadline for removal of illegal content, liability provisions for online marketplaces and centralised enforcement for very large online platforms.
Politics 17-11-2021

Content moderation policies continue to face core dilemmas

A new report by the Danish think tank Justitia calls for embedding content moderation in an international human rights framework to ensure common international standards. Yet, critics warn that this voluntary approach is too weak to tackle the ‘Infodemic’.
Technology 09-11-2021

Facebook whistleblower asks European Parliament to get tough with DSA

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen called on EU lawmakers to "set a gold standard" and take a tough stance in regulating big tech and safeguarding democracy during her testimony before the Parliament on Monday (8 November).
Technology 03-11-2021

DSA: enforcement for very large online platforms moves toward EU Commission

The European Commission will have ‘exclusive power’ to enforce obligations on very large online platforms, according to the most recent compromise text on the Digital Services Act (DSA).
Technology 02-11-2021

Facebook whistleblower calls on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to resign

Frances Haugen, the whistleblower behind a massive leak of internal documents coming from Facebook, called on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to resign.

‘Too big to crash’ and ‘too big to care’, Facebook faces fallout from EU policymakers

Facebook’s service outage on Monday (4 October), combined with a series of revelations about the social network's management, have prompted policymakers to ask for regulation of online platforms with a shared sense of urgency.

No excuse to let illegal content flourish

Thriving digital markets have made our lives easier and supported our economies, but it is about time that we put an end to illegal content that both harms our consumers and businesses. Simon Kollerup is Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business...
Technology 14-09-2021

Facebook’s Oversight Board calls on independent investigation over anti-Palestinian bias allegations

*This article was updated with comments from Facebook. An independent entity should investigate whether Facebook’s content moderation decisions, including automated ones, treated anti-Palestinian and anti-Israeli content differently, according to a recommendation from the social media giant’s Oversight Board. Facebook’s Oversight...
Technology 02-09-2021

Facebook to test reduced visibility of political content in Ireland, Spain and Sweden

Facebook is reportedly extending the testing of making political content less visible in its News Feed to at least three EU countries following positive user feedback.
Cybersecurity 27-08-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: US national (cyber)security, UK tech superpower bid

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility, I believe, to...
Technology 30-07-2021

Top German court strikes down Facebook rules on hate speech

A top German court has ruled that Facebook acted illegally in taking down racist posts and blocking the account of their author because the social network failed to inform the user or give a reason for shutting them down.