Twitter, Tumblr and Vimeo push back against EU rules on online content

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Twitter along with three other US platforms have urged the EU to take a flexible approach towards harmful and illegal online content instead of blanket rules requiring takedown, saying that this would preserve an open internet.

US internet media group IAC/InterActiveCorp-owned online video platform Vimeo, non-profit browser maker Mozilla and Automattic, owner of online publishing tool WordPress.com, made the call a week before EU tech leader Margrethe Vestager is supposed to present her draft rules.

Known as the Digital Services Act, the rules intention to acquire larger businesses to take more responsibility for eliminating illegal and harmful content as soon as they’ve been notified.

At a joint open letter published on Wednesday, Twitter and another firms said the solution ought to be wider than just eliminating content. Blunt content elimination responsibilities could have a negative effect on freedom of expression, they stated.

The companies said a better tactic would be to limit the number of folks who experience harmful content.

“This can be achieved by placing a technological emphasis on visibility over prevalence, supporting measures towards algorithmic transparency and control, setting limits to the discoverability of harmful content, further exploring community moderation, and providing meaningful user choice,” they said.

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The companies said new EU rules should also take into account the growth of decentralised hosting of data and content.

Following the statement of the draft principles on Dec. 15, the European Commission will have to thrash out a final legislative draft with EU countries and European Parliament, in a process going to take weeks and even years.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Foo Yun Chee. Editing by Cynthia Osterman.

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