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DSA finally comes into force, the rise of the 'tech ethicist' and Kenyan mods seek settlement

The week in content moderation - edition #213

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Also happy Digital Services Act day to those who celebrate. Today, almost ten months since it became law (EiM #176), 19 very large online platforms (VLOPs) and search engines (VLOSE) assumed new liabilities for protecting children and preventing election interference. With that in mind, it makes sense to start today's newsletter with the chief cheerleader of the DSA.

Here's everything in moderation from the last seven days — BW


New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Thierry Breton this week urged the biggest tech platforms to use the incoming Digital Services Act "to reinforce their brand value and reputation as a trustworthy site". In a statement, the EU industry chief (EiM #88 and others) noted that child protection and pro-Russian propaganda would be an enforcement priority for the EU's member state coordinators.

While some platforms continue to fight their VLOP status (EiM #209), a number have this week come out strongly in favour of the DSA and (as you might expect) trumpeted their efforts to comply. Google and Meta were not shy in doing so.

In many ways, it's just the end of the beginning for large platforms; each of them must complete their first annual risk assessment by today and frankly, I'll be surprised if all 19 platforms get it right the first time of asking. One to watch.

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