Mr Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner in charge of the internal market, asked the two platforms on November 9 to provide detailed information on how to protect children from illegal and harmful content, according to Reuters.
The move comes days after Mr Breton called on Mr Shou Zi Chew, CEO of social network TikTok, to continue efforts to fight misinformation on it.
Last month, Mr Britten reminded Mr Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (USA), about his obligation to protect minors using the company’s platforms (including YouTube) against inappropriate content. Fit.
TikTok’s office building in Culver City, California – USA, Photo: Reuters
TikTok, owned by ByteDance Co (China), recently said it removed 4 million videos deemed illegal or harmful in the EU in September. According to the platform, they have around 40,000 additional employees. Responsible for the safety of users around the world, including more than 5,000 that censor content only in the EU.
New EU rules – called the Digital Services Act (DSA), which will come into force in August 2023 – will require tech giants to do more to tackle harmful and illegal content online, especially content aimed at minors. Needed.
The DSA also forces these companies to be more transparent about their algorithms and targeted advertising, as well as to strengthen their fight against counterfeit, illegal and substandard goods sold on their platforms. Violating the DSA faces fines of up to 6% of annual global turnover for companies.