The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes
today’s adoption by the plenary of the Digital Services Act, which paves the
way to a safer, fairer and open internet for users and online platforms.
Our political group pushed for a balanced outcome, confirming
the basic principles of the E-commerce Directive, to guarantee the respect of
fundamental rights online, without overburdening SMEs. We need to strengthen
the responsibility of online platforms and clarify rules for providing online
services, while ensuring a Digital Single Market without national barriers and
unjustified regulation, where innovation and new business models can flourish.
Platforms need to be more transparent than in the past to
guarantee a safer online world and offer an informed choice for consumers,
especially when it comes to targeted ads.
Protecting minors and making the internet more accessible to all
citizens are amongst our priorities, so Renew Europe made sure that the DSA
imposes a specific prohibition to target or profile children online and that
platforms respect specific accessibility criteria for people with disabilities.
We also tackled the problem of illegal content and false
flagging content by creating a better system to fight against these practices.
MEP, Dita Charanzová (ANO, Czech Republic), Vice-President of
the European Parliament and Renew Europe Group’s rapporteur on Digital Services
“If the real world cannot be perfect, neither can the internet.
This does not mean, however, that we should not try to make the internet a
safer, better place, which respects freedom of speech while supporting our
European businesses. This is the goal of the DSA.
This creates a better system that will help us fight illegal
content while giving our citizens more rights. One that requires the big giants
to take a transparent look at themselves and to address the risks that are
inherent within their systems. All providers, including marketplaces, have a
social responsibility towards us, their users and this includes protecting
This creates a law and justice system for the internet, but this
law is the first step, not the last. There is a lot of work ahead of us.”
Renew Europe is also against any additional media exemption.
This would be a potential massive loophole for the spread of disinformation
online though propaganda and extremist media organisations. Even if the worst
of it (AM 511) was rejected by the Parliament, the additions to the Article 12
can still be misused.
MEP, Bart Groothuis (VVD, The Netherlands), Renew Europe Group´s
Shadow Rapporteur in the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all
Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE), said:
“From a foreign interference and disinformation perspective, the
DSA will be a revolutionary tool that will label deep fakes as ‘not authentic’.
However, I am extremely disappointed by the vote on the media exemption. I fear
that self-proclaimed and foreign media will be protected when spreading
disinformation, setting us years back in time. During the trilogues we will
need to ensure that it will not become a loophole for massive disinformation.”