European Union reinforces control to combat fake news
Published 4/26/2023 7:27 PM
This Wednesday (25), the European Union (EU) published a list that indicates 19 digital platforms that should have greater control to prevent the spread of fake news and hate speech. Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok are part of this group.
Companies must submit to annual audits and make the algorithms available to the European Commission and researchers selected by the European Union as a way of verifying that they are complying with the rules.
The measures will be valid from the month of August. The selection criteria placed online platforms with more than 45 million monthly active users in the EU, as they fit the quality of sites that need special observation, according to European legislation.
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And it’s not just social media platforms and search engines that will have more control. Messaging services such as Snapchat, georeferencing services such as Google Maps, app stores such as the Amazon Store, the retail store Zalando and video playback, Youtube, are also in this group.
As a result, European legislation more strictly observes digital services and digital markets. The fine for non-compliance with the rules will be up to 6% of the company’s worldwide revenue, until the temporary suspension of services.
The 19 platforms that are subject to the highest rigor are: Alibaba, AliExpress, Amazon Store, Apple AppStore, Bing, Booking.com, Facebook, Google Play, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Shopping, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok , Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube and Zalando.
The EU’s decision comes at a time when the Brazilian National Congress is starting to debate the regulation of digital platforms.
By 238 votes against 192, deputies approved the urgent requirement for Bill (PL) 2630/20, which creates the Brazilian Law on Freedom, Responsibility and Transparency on the Internet. The vote on the request allows the matter to be voted directly in the plenary of the Chamber – which will take place next Tuesday (2).
According to an Atlas Intel survey released this Tuesday (25), the regulation of social networks is supported by the majority of Brazilians: 78% of the population believe that a law is necessary to establish clear rules for the functioning of platforms. Only 13.8% were against and 8.3% were unable to answer.
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In this sense, the Internet Management Committee in Brazil (CGI.br) launched a public consultation on digital platforms with the aim of establishing measures that can foster a safer and more democratic environment for internet use in Brazil.
The CGI.br consultation is not intended to interfere in the specific debate of PL 2630/20, but aims to raise important questions about relevant aspects of the legislation under discussion in Congress and which, if approved, will still need to be defined by the federal government in regulation .
*With agency information