Urged a company Twitter supports the European Union to take a flexible approach to harmful and illegal online content rather than blanket rules that require removal, saying: This will preserve the open internet.
Twitter, Mozilla, Automattic and Vimeo have written an open letter to lawmakers in the European Union urging them to ensure that European laws do not harm freedom of expression online.
The letter comes a week before European Union Chief Technology Officer (Margarethe Vestager) Margrethe Vestager presents the draft rules.
The rules, known as the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), aim to urge large companies to take more responsibility for removing illegal and harmful content after notification.
The Commission clarified that the legislative proposals define clear responsibilities regarding how the platforms deal with illegal and harmful content, in addition to implementing a set of additional responsibilities aimed at enhancing competition in digital markets.
In the joint open letter, the companies said: The solution should be broader than simply removing content, and that non-explicit content removal obligations can have a negative impact on freedom of expression.
By restricting policy options to the dual system only, she addedWe are giving up promising alternatives that can better address the issue of problematic content proliferation and its impact while protecting rights and the potential for small businesses to compete.
The companies said the best approach is to limit the number of people encountering harmful contentThis can be achieved through a technological focus on prevalence, support for transparency and algorithmic control measures, setting limits to the potential for detection of harmful content, further exploring community stewardship, and providing targeted choice for the user.
According to the companies, the new EU rules should take into account the increased decentralized hosting of content and data.
After announcing the draft rules on December 15, the European Commission must draft the final legislative draft with the European Union countries and the European Parliament, in a process that will likely take months or years.
The Internet is at a crossroads. What happens next will define our online lives for an entire generation.
– Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) December 9, 2020