EU looks at Meta for possible child safety hazards

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EU looks at Meta for possible child safety hazards
EU looks at Meta for possible child safety hazards

EU officials said on Thursday that Facebook and Instagram are being investigated for potential infractions of online content laws pertaining to kid protection; significant fines for meta platforms on social networking sites could follow this action.

Meta’s Facebook and Instagram are being looked at for possible violations of EU online content regulations pertaining to child safety, according to EU regulators on Thursday. This action might result in significant fines for Meta Platforms (META.O.) on social networking sites.

The landmark Digital Services Act (DSA) of the European Union went into effect last year and requires tech companies to do more to combat dangerous and unlawful content on their platforms.

The European Commission announced that it has chosen to launch a thorough inquiry into Facebook and Instagram because of worries that the platforms have not sufficiently addressed risks to minors. In September, Meta turned in a report on its risk assessment.

“The Commission is concerned that the systems of both Facebook and Instagram, including their algorithms, may stimulate behavioral addictions in children, as well as create so-called ‘rabbit-hole effects’,” the executive stated.

“In addition, the Commission is also concerned about age-assurance and verification methods put in place by Meta.” The regulator is worried about kids viewing unsuitable content.

According to Meta, it already has a variety of online resources for child safety.

“We want young people to have safe, age-appropriate experiences online and have spent a decade developing more than 50 tools and policies designed to protect them,” a representative for Meta stated.

“This is a challenge the whole industry is facing, and we look forward to sharing details of our work with the European Commission.”

A major worry ahead of the vital elections for the European Parliament next month is that Meta is already in the EU’s crosshairs for election disinformation. Penalties for DSA infractions can reach 6% of a business’s yearly worldwide sales.

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