EU asks Meta, YouTube, TikTok and Snap how they protect children online

10/11/2023 | Reuters

Social media companies Meta Platforms and Snap have been handed a deadline of 1 December by the European Commission to provide more details on how they safeguard children from harmful content. A similar request was given to Alphabet's YouTube and TikTok a day earlier. The Commission has requested the information to assess the companies' compliance with the Digital Services Act (DSA). The Commission can initiate investigations if it is not satisfied with their responses.

In related news, the Standard reports that child protection experts have criticised Meta over its plans to introduce end-to-end encryption. Simon Bailey, the former national lead for child protection at the National Police Chiefs' Council, accused the company of prioritising profits over children's safety. John Carr, the secretary of a coalition of UK children's charities to deal with internet safety, called the move "utterly unconscionable". The criticism came after the head of the National Crime Agency, Graeme Biggar, said that introducing end-to-end encryption on Facebook would be like "consciously turning a blind eye to child abuse".

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