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Data protection 24-07-2020

Austria’s online hate speech law prompts question marks about ‘overblocking’

In the fight against illegal online content, the Austrian government wants to make platforms more accountable. Many details are still missing, but the German NetzDG seems to be a model. Critics fear over-blocking and collateral damage but also see opportunities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 06-07-2020

Counterfeit and illegal sellers to be targeted in Digital Services Act, Vestager says

A crackdown on the sale of counterfeit and illegal goods across online platforms is likely to feature in the European Commission's upcoming Digital Services Act plans, the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 23-06-2020

Platforms clamp down on hate speech in run up to Digital Services Act 

The European Commission has applauded efforts by some of the world's largest tech platforms in stifling the spread of illegal content, in the last evaluation of the EU's code on countering illegal hate speech online before the Digital Services Act is presented later this year.
Digital 05-05-2020

‘New competition tool’ to feature in digital services act, Vestager says 

The EU's bid to regulate online platforms, the Digital Services Act, is likely to address a number of competition issues related to the digital economy, possibly through a new competition tool, the European Commission's Vice-President for Digital, Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 16-04-2020

Facebook rolls out new COVID-19 misinformation engagement alerts

Facebook is to establish a new system for alerting users who have engaged with misinformation related to the coronavirus, the company's head Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday (16 April). The move comes after pressure from activists for Facebook to clampdown on the spread of fake news related to the outbreak.
Digital 15-04-2020

Digital deferrals to stifle Commission work programme

In light of the disruptive impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission is assessing the need to delay a series of important actions, including in the field of digital affairs, a draft copy of the executive's working programme seen by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 19-02-2020

The commission‘s digital strategy: More competition, less emissions

In its digital strategy published on Wednesday (19 February), the European Commission committed itself to fostering 'Technology that works for the people' by increasing the digital prowess of European citizens and companies, doubling down on the market power of tech giants and tapping into ICT’s potential for sustainability.
Digital 06-02-2020

LEAK: Digital services face EU competition crackdown

The European Commission is mulling over measures to bolster competition rules for digital services in order to rein in the dominance of global tech giants and foster "technologies that work for people", a draft communication obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 03-12-2019

Facebook renews calls for EU regulation in ‘fight for the soul of the internet’

An ideological 'fight' is tacking place worldwide between those who want to restrict open access to the internet and those who want to maintain a free and open web within necessary regulatory frameworks, Facebook's VP for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, has said.
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