EU plans new laws to fight unfair competition among tech companies and haters on social media


Lawsuits related to unfair competition and dishonest commercial practices are not new in the world of technology business. They are not new to the European Union either, where the European Commission is committed to ensuring that all market participants respect the principle of equality. And the European executive body is developing a new plan aiming to provide a better environment for fair competition among the technology companies from both sides of the Atlantic.

In a mid-term review of its digital strategy presented on Wednesday, the European Commission said it is working on new a legal initiative. The legislation’s goal is to deal effectively with unfair contractual clauses and commercial practices in the relationship between the major technology platforms and the companies that use them.

As Reuters points out, this new initiative comes after a number of complaints coming from European companies like Spotify, Rocket Internet and Deezer. According to them, the online platforms of the US tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook intentionally promote with priority their own products and services, or impose imbalanced terms and conditions in the contracts. And, according to the Commission, the initial findings of an investigation launched last year show that, in general, these complaints are not unfounded. That’s why the EU’s executive institution wants to establish clearer guidelines defining what is and what isn't fair business practice.

Another issue that the European Commission wants to tackle more seriously is hate speech on social media. The institution is intending to do that by coordinating more effectively on its existing initiatives and by providing guidance on dealing with illegal content. An interesting example in this area is the Commission’s guidance on a so called "good Samaritan" principle. According to this principle, social media companies will not be held accountable for illegal content posted on their websites if they actively pursue it.

source: Reuters

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8 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This comment is hate speech for one who may hate it. PhoneArena (which is not the gubmint) has the right to hate it and thus remove. You as the user have a right to hate it and argue. Gubmints in the EU have a right to hate it and make illegal in THEIR jurisdiction (as pertaining to such law). BUT those EU gubmints DO NOT have a right to cross the boundaries of the USA ('digitally' or physically) in such a way that would infringe on the First Amendment -- which is a RIGHT (not privledge) of the citizens of the USA.

2. IT-Engineer

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Then EU has every right in their digital space. The American companies can do what they want in their homeland, but as soon as they wanna enter Europe, they are obligated to abide by the European law wether you like it or not.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

That's fine. But the EU wants any such 'hateful' content removed from platforms altogether (which would inhibit such content from being published here). Guess the EU still sees VPN and such as an issue that would be out of their control. But (again) that is their problem. Not ours here in America.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I want to point out that USA very similar does not have any right to infringe on EU and the individual countries rights either. This goes both ways. Main difference is, EU laws benefit the consumers more compared to US laws, which benefits the companies.

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

" intentionally promote with priority their own products and services" DUH If i owned a service and had other products. of course my dang products would take priority over some other

8. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

They don't believe in competition. Only that everyone is mediocre.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The only thing EU wants is money, just pay them and you can do whatever you want.

7. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

The EU. Known for it's free speech. Amirite?

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