It’s just a few weeks before the European Commission launches the Digital Services Act, which will set out new rules for online companies, including how they should moderate content. December 2 is the big day.
From draft legislation and recent leaks
, we expect the Commission to force platforms to report removal rates, complaints and outcomes of user reports as well as declaring tools used to moderate and any co-operation with authorities. Large online platforms (LoPs) will have more obligations than smaller counterparts and, overall, it should bring about a degree of transparency that academics and policy makers have been calling for (EiM #71
Naturally, all the dominant digital platforms have been war-gaming the DSA’s launch. This week, a leak of Google’s plan to lobby against industry chief Thierry Breton
(who has gone up against Facebook in the past, EiM #52
) forced them into an embarrassing apology
. It’s going to be a bloody war.