The European Union (EU) has given final approval to online safety-focused legislation, known as the Digital Services Act (DSA).



  • EU has given final approval to the Digital Services Act (DSA).
  • The law tightly regulates the way intermediaries, especially large platforms such as Google, Meta, Twitter, and YouTube, function in terms of moderating user content.


Key features of the DSA

  • Faster removals and provisions to challenge —
      • Social media companies will have to add new procedures for faster removal of content deemed illegal or harmful.
      • They will also have to explain to users how their content takedown policy works.
      • The DSA also allows for users to challenge takedown decisions taken by platforms and seek out-of-court settlements.
  • Bigger platforms have greater responsibility —
      • Very Large Online Platforms and Very Large Online Search Engines, that is platforms, having more than 45 million users in the EU, will have more stringent requirements.
      • Hence, the law avoids a one-size fits all approach and places increased accountability on the Big Tech companies.
  • Direct supervision by European Commission —
      • These requirements and their enforcement will be centrally supervised by the European Commission itself.
      • This is to ensure that companies do not sidestep the legislation at the member-state level.
  • More transparency on how algorithms work —
      • Very Large Online Platforms and Very Large Online Search Engines will face transparency measures and scrutiny of how their algorithms work.
      • They will be required to conduct systemic risk analysis and reduction to drive accountability about the society impacts of their products.
  • Clearer identifiers for ads and who’s paying for them —
      • Online platforms must ensure that users can easily identify advertisements and understand who presents or pays for the advertisement.
      • They must not display personalised advertising directed towards minors or based on sensitive personal data.