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Facebook and Instagram face fresh scrutiny in Europe; 4 things that are ‘worrying’ EU – Times of India

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The EU is launching new investigations into Facebook and Instagram, suspecting that they have failed to protect children online. This is the latest challenge for Facebook and Instagram parent Meta Platforms under the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA).
The DSA, implemented last year, aims to make online platforms safer. The EU is concerned that:
* Facebook and Instagram’s recommendation algorithms might exploit children and potentially lead them to inappropriate content.
* EU expressed worry that Facebook and Instagram’s recommendation algorithm systems could reinforce the so-called “rabbit hole” effect that leads users to increasingly disturbing content.
* EU is also investigating Meta’s age verification methods to ensure children aren’t accessing the platforms underage. Only children aged 13 and older are allowed to use the platforms.
* EU is also reportedly looking into whether the company is complying with DSA rules requiring a high level of privacy, safety and security for minors.
Meta responded through a statement, highlighting its efforts to prioritize child safety with various tools and policies. They emphasized their willingness to cooperate with the EU commission.
Earlier this year, the EU opened similar probes into TikTok for potential risks to children. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton expressed concerns on social media, stating a lack of confidence in Meta’s compliance with the DSA regarding child safety on Facebook and Instagram.
These investigations are in addition to ongoing probes under the DSA related to foreign disinformation before upcoming EU elections. Other platforms, like social media platform X and e-commerce site AliExpress, are also under investigation for compliance with EU regulations.
The timeframe for these investigations is unclear. Violations could result in significant fines, reaching up to 6% of a company’s global annual revenue.

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