EU probes Facebook, Instagram over child safety

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EU probes Facebook, Instagram over child safety

The European Commission on Thursday launched formal proceedings against American tech giant Meta's Facebook and Instagram, over concerns about child safety, reported Xinhua.

"The Commission is concerned that the systems of both Facebook and Instagram, including their algorithms, may stimulate behavioral addictions in children," said the European Commission in a statement.

The investigation will also examine Meta's age-assurance and verification methods, the Commission added.

The probe is being conducted under the European Union's (EU) Digital Services Act (DSA), which came into effect last year. The DSA obliges tech companies to do more to counter illegal content and mitigate risks such as disinformation or election manipulation on their platforms. Companies violating the DSA can face fines of up to 6 percent of their annual global turnover.

Facebook and Instagram have previously faced EU scrutiny over election disinformation in a case opened in late April, ahead of the European Parliament elections in June.


  1. SusanSmith92 says

    I believe it’s crucial for regulatory bodies like the European Commission to hold platforms such as Facebook and Instagram accountable for their impact on children’s well-being. The addictive nature of these platforms can have serious consequences on young users, and it’s important that measures are taken to ensure a safer online environment for them.

  2. EmilyJohnson says

    It’s crucial that tech companies, like Facebook and Instagram, take responsibility for the impact their platforms have on children. The investigation by the European Commission under the Digital Services Act is a necessary step towards ensuring a safer online environment for our younger generation.

  3. Emily_1985 says

    Do you think Meta’s age-assurance and verification methods are sufficient to ensure child safety on Facebook and Instagram?

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