EU Digital Services Act: Google, Meta, and others must explain their algorithms to users

The European Union has created a new set of regulations aimed at some of the wo5lds largest tech giants. Under the new regulations. These businesses would be required to explain how their technology works under the new regulation. The new regulations concentrates on the content they will distribute, revealing their viewpoint on misinformation and content distribution.

With the release of the new Digital Services Act in the EU zone, it wants to foster a sense of responsibility for these corporations as well as more control for users. The new focus will aid in the removal of illicit information from the internet, as well as the explanation of the algorithm to users and everything else that has a stake online.  Non-compliance, according will result in fines and costly legal battles against these EU legislation.

The algorithms of digital companies like as Google, Meta, and others will deliver knowledge to the general public, allowing them to better understand how it works. It will be available to users and anyone with an online presence, particularly those who employ the services of these Big Tech companies.

According to The Verge, the final text of the DSA has yet to be released, but the European Parliament and European Commission have detailed a number of obligations it will contain:

  • Targeted advertising based on an individuals’ religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity is banned. Minors cannot be subject to targeted advertising either.
  • “Dark patterns” — confusing or deceptive user interfaces designed to steer users into making certain choices — will be prohibited. The EU says that, as a rule, cancelling subscriptions should be as easy as signing up for them.
  • Large online platforms like Facebook will have to make the working of their recommender algorithms (e.g. used for sorting content on the News Feed or suggesting TV shows on Netflix) transparent to users. Users should also be offered a recommender system “not based on profiling.” In the case of Instagram, for example, this would mean a chronological feed (as it introduced recently).
  • Hosting services and online platforms will have to explain clearly why they have removed illegal content, as well as give users the ability to appeal such takedowns. The DSA itself does not define what content is illegal, though, and leaves this up to individual countries.
  • The largest online platforms will have to provide key data to researchers to “provide more insight into how online risks evolve.”
  • Online marketplaces must keep basic information about traders on their platform to track down individuals selling illegal goods or services.
  • Large platforms will also have to introduce new strategies for dealing with misinformation during crises (a provision inspired by the recent invasion of Ukraine).

Leave a Reply