The European Union called on US President Joe Biden to assist him in preparing common rules to curb the power of major technology companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, and combat the spread of false news.
In a speech to the Davos World Economic Forum, which is being held virtually, European Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen urged the Biden administration to share the continent’s battle against “the dark sides of the digital world,” which she held partly responsible for the “shock” of storming the US Congress, on 6 October. current month.
“The business model of online platforms has an impact, not only on free and fair competition but also on our democracies, our security, and the quality of our information. So we have to contain this tremendous power of the big digital companies,” she said.
The Associated Press reported that last December, the European Commission proposed two new provisions of the union’s legislation to better protect consumers and their rights online, make technology platforms more accountable, and improve digital competition, based on the agglomeration’s data protection rules, which are prepared. One of the strictest in the world.
She indicated that Facebook and Twitter this month removed the accounts of former US President Donald Trump from their platforms, for allegedly inciting him to storm the Capitol building, in a step that was considered a precedent and confirmed the tremendous power of the tech giants.
“No matter how tempting Twitter felt to close President Trump’s account, such dangerous interference with freedom of expression should not be based on company rules alone. There must be a framework of laws for such far-reaching decisions,” she said.
Hungary and social media
The action taken by Twitter and Facebook against Trump prompted Hungary, a member of the European Union, to prepare special measures to regulate social media companies.
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said Tuesday that major technology companies may face a regulation prepared by the Hungarian government regarding what it described as “deliberate and ideological” censorship on those sites.