BRUSSELS — The European Union on Tuesday approached U.S. President Joe Biden to help draw up a typical guideline book to get control over the force of large tech companies like Facebook and Twitter and battle the spread of phony news that is consuming Western democracies.
In a speech to the Davos World Economic Forum, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen encouraged the Biden organization to unite against “the more obscure sides of the advanced world,” which she said was incompletely behind the “stun” raging of Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.
“The business model of online stages has an effect and on free and reasonable rivalry, yet in addition on our democracies, our security and on the nature of our data,” von der Leyen said. “That is the reason we need to contain this enormous force of the large advanced companies.”
The top of the EU’s chief body approached the White House to join the 27-country coalition’s endeavors, saying that “together, we could make an advanced economy decide book that is legitimate worldwide,” and would encompass data protection, privacy rules and the security of basic foundation.
In December, the Commission proposed two new bits of EU enactment to more readily ensure buyers and their privileges on the web, make tech stages more responsible, and improve advanced rivalry, expanding on the alliance’s data protection rules, which are among the most tough in the world.
Von der Leyen said: “We need the stages to be straightforward about how their calculations work. Since we can’t acknowledge that choices that affect our vote based system are taken by PC programs alone.”
She said the EU needs the onus put on the tech monsters, saying that “we need it obviously set out that web companies assume liability for the way in which they scatter, advance and eliminate content.”
Von der Leyen likewise alluded to the choice recently by Facebook and Twitter to cut off President Donald Trump from their foundation for supposedly affecting the attack on the U.S. Legislative hall, a remarkable advance that underscored the huge force of tech goliaths to regulate speech.
“Regardless of how enticing it might have been for Twitter to turn off President Trump’s record, such genuine impedance with opportunity of articulation ought not be founded on company rules alone,” she said. “There should be a structure of laws for such broad choices.”