EU Council has adopted ‘Duo Acts’ to regulate the digital giants 

BRUSSELS:  Recently the European Union Council adopted the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA). These acts have been adopted to better control cyber threats, disinformation, hate speech and counterfeit goods on the digital platforms.

“The Digital Services Act is a big and necessary step forward in the creation of a safer online environment. It provides solutions for the safety of our citizens in the 21st century, for our businesses and for our democracies” said Mark Boris Andrijanič, Slovenian Minister for Digital Transformation.

He further adds, “The proposal boosts trust in the digital space and allows for fully using the potential of the online platform economy in a safe way.”

The council has said that what is “illegal offline should also be illegal online.”  

Therefore, to keep the users safe from illegal content, goods or services and protect their rights on the online platforms, DSA will play a major role in safeguarding the people.

On the other hand DMA proposal aims to ensure a competitive and fair digital sector with a view to promote  high-quality digital products and services, fair prices, and choice in the digital world, making it easier for companies and consumer to buy and sell digitally.

“The proposed DMA shows our willingness and ambition to regulate big tech and will hopefully set a trend worldwide” says Zdravko Počivalšek, Slovenian Minister for Economic Development and Technology.

The duo acts will put more pressure and responsibility of gatekeeping on the Social Networking Giants like Meta (Facebook) specially in the Metaverse, thereby making them accountable for their services.

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