vas pup December 4, 2020 3:39 PM

Tag – conferences.

Web Summit: Stricter rules for technology companies

“The Digital Services Act will replace the EU’s 2000 e-commerce directive.

Due to come into force on Wednesday, 2 December, it has now been delayed until next week.

Likely to put more pressure on social-media platforms to take down and block unlawful content more quickly, the new rules will almost certainly be contested by companies such as Google and Facebook, which now face far stricter regulation both in Europe and the US, following complaints about the spread of misinformation and hate speech.

According to the organizers, 100,000 people have bought tickets to the online-only Web Summit, compared with the 70,000 who attended in person in 2019, even though they are still charging between €219 (£193) and €999, about a quarter of the usual price.”

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