The European Parliament voted for strict regulation of digital giants like Google and Facebook late Tuesday evening, prompting the EU executive to be firm in its draft new legislation expected in December.
Three texts brought together a majority of MEPs to better supervise the major platforms. The debate took place as social networks, used to disseminate hate messages, were singled out in France for their role in the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty. The US authorities also launched a legal action against Google on Tuesday for abuse of a dominant position, a sign of growing mistrust of the tech giants. “Europe has done more than any other continent to regulate the digital world. But even here it is still the far west. We don’t fight illegal online activity with the same rigor as in the real world», Denounced MEP Kris Peeters (Christian Democrat, EPP).
The European Commission is working on new legislation (“Digital Services Act“And”Digital Market Act”) Which intends to curb hate speech or disinformation on the internet, impose rules of transparency and accountability on the major structuring platforms and provide Europe with new competition tools to avoid abuses of a dominant position in the economy digital. According to documents that have leaked in recent weeks, the European executive would particularly like to limit the power of Gafa (an acronym for Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) and a few other large, mainly American groups. Brussels has reportedly drawn up a blacklist of harmful practices that could be strictly limited or even banned.
In particular, the Commission would consider banning the compulsory pre-installation of applications on mobile phones and computers, the fact of highlighting products of its own group in internet search results or else compulsory online shops. ‘office like Apple Store or Google Play. The new regulations would update the e-commerce directive, now outdated, which still governs business on the internet even though it dates back to the year 2000, when Facebook did not exist and Google was barely two years old …
Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of competition, on Monday judged the ideas of MEPs close to those of the executive. “Basically we share the same goals», She declared during a debate in Parliament. “We’ll have to tell the big platforms that things will change», She affirmed.
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