EU Plan Supports Macron’s Social Media Shutdowns


The bloc’s Digital Service Act could see apps blocked and social media blacked out from August 25th, a move which will please the French President who blamed the platforms for the riots across his country.

Officials supporting the Act claim it will protect children and ‘democratic values’ because companies could be hit with fines as high as 6% of their global turnover, but the wording of the ruling is so vague it can be open to abuse.

“It is problematic that the highest authority in charge of the DSA implementation declares what is hateful content. Based on European fundamental rights standards, 'call for revolt' is not hateful content and therefore not illegal," Sebastian Becker Castellaro, Policy Advisor at European digital right advocacy group EDRi, said.

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