Briefing

New EU democracy regulations will target tech giants

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The European Democracy Action Plan will include rules on online disinformation, political advertising and election periods. European Commission vice-president Vera Jourova said larger platforms will have to take “more responsibility.” (Financial Times)

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Talking point: Facebook’s submission to the regulatory process reportedly called for all tech firms to be subject to the similar rules on the grounds of fairness. But smaller companies could be disproportionately hurt by such requirements, according to the EU. Canada required platforms to establish registries of political advertising in the lead-up to and during the 2019 federal election, but set floors for English-, French- and other-language platforms of three million, one million and 100,000 monthly unique domestic visitors, respectively. Several large tech firms chose to ban such ads entirely, rather than set up databases. However, they won’t be able to opt out of the EU requirements, which cover a wider range of user activities.