In response to the launch of the Digital Services Act today by the European Commission, Siada El Ramly, Director General of DOT Europe (formerly EDiMA), the voice of the leading internet companies said:
“This is a major piece of legislation and merits serious consideration and reflection on our part before we can give a detailed reaction.
“At this stage, what we can say is that the Digital Services Act has enormous potential to make a mark for the EU in terms of setting the bar in digital policy making. If developed and implemented in the right way, it should provide a more robust framework for online content moderation, providing legal certainty and the necessary assurances for stakeholders at large.
“In January of this year, our members called on the European Commission to introduce a new Online Responsibility Framework to enable them to better tackle illegal content online and we are encouraged to see that some of the points we raised then have been taken into account here. We look forward to analysing how this DSA text would fit in with existing legislation to ensure a coherent legislative landscape.
“Our members have extensive expertise in managing online content and as committed stakeholders in this debate we look forward to sharing that expertise with policymakers as part of the Digital Services Act discussions.”
DOT Europe will provide a more thorough reaction and detailed views on the Digital Services Act proposal on Thursday 17 December at 14.00 CET at an event jointly hosted with ITI (whose panel will focus on the Digital Market Act proposals).
Across two virtual panels, the event will feature leading voices from the EU institutions, industry and civil society, who will offer their first reactions and analysis.
For more information and registration, visit: https://bit.ly/398GoVL.
Ronan Breen, Account Director, Red Flag
For more information from DOT Europe contact:
+32 2 626 1990
Notes to the editor:
- DOT Europe (previously called EDiMA) is the voice of the leading internet companies in Europe. DOT Europe’s mission is to develop ideas and support policy initiatives that foster an innovative, open and safe internet for Europe’s citizens and businesses. More information is available here: https://doteurope.eu/
- DOT Europe represents 19 of the leading internet companies: Airbnb, Allegro, Amazon, Apple, eBay, Etsy, Expedia, Facebook, Google, King, Microsoft, Mozilla, OLX, Snap, Spotify, TikTok, Twitter, Verizon Media, Yelp.
- Its members produce and manage a variety of products, services and applications including browsers, entertainment platforms, social networks, marketplaces and review sites. More information is available here: https://doteurope.eu/members