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What the E.U.'s sweeping rules for Big Tech mean for your life online

By Chris Velazco

30 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. The Digital Services Act (DSA), approved by the European Parliament in 2022, is now in effect. It aims to protect consumers online by enforcing transparency in how content or products are algorithmically recommended and ensuring the mitigation of disinformation spread. It also requires platforms to provide ways for users to flag illegal content.

New rules meant to safeguard people from illegal content, targeted ads, unwanted algorithmic feeds and disinformation online are finally in force, thanks to new regulation in the European Union that took effect this month.

That's great for consumers in France, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg and the rest of Europe. But what about us here in the United States? What do these new rules mean for the way we will interact online?

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