The European Parliament says it adopted two separate legislative reports late Tuesday.
In them, Parliament called on the Commission to address the current shortcomings of the online environment in its package on digital services.
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In the reports, MEPs propose radical changes, one of the most significant of which is the restriction and even a ban on targeted advertising.
Targeted advertising means using information collected about people online to tailor ads to improve their effectiveness.
- MEPs want to favor advertising that is less intrusive contextual advertising and that requires less user information and is not dependent on previous interaction between user and content.
MEPs are also asking the Commission to evaluate options for regulating targeted advertising, including phasing out, leading to a ban, the bulletin says.
In practice, this is only a request to the European Commission to take action.
It is entirely open in what form, if any, the proposals in the reports will finally materialize.
The Commission is due to present a package in December.
It is fairly certain that gamblers such as Google and Facebook, for example, will strongly oppose this idea.
Their operation largely depends on targeted advertising.
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MEPs also argue that network platforms should not use download filters or other forms of pre-screening content to detect harmful or illegal content.
According to them, the final decision on whether the content is illegal or not rests with an independent judiciary - not private companies.
This is exactly the opposite of what the EU still ran hard a couple of years ago.
At that time, Google's YouTube video service, among other things, was intimidated by the EU's intention to force automatic filtering of all content uploaded to the services in the event of copyright infringement.
However, the EU abandoned this demand.
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The European Parliament also insists, inter alia, that all service providers established outside the EU must comply with the rules of the Digital Services Act when their services are aimed at EU consumers or users.
The proposed binding reporting and action mechanism would provide users with a means to report potentially illegal content or activity to online intermediaries.
Users should also be able to seek redress through the national dispute resolution body.
Parliament also adopted a third resolution on fundamental rights issues.
It requires that content be removed “carefully, proportionately and without discrimination” in order to guarantee freedom of expression and access to information, as well as privacy and data protection.
MEPs find micro-targeting based on people’s weaknesses problematic, as is hate speech and disinformation.