Increased pressure on Google, Twitter and Facebook by the EU

By Techpads | Last Updated: July 27, 2017- 4:48 pm
Google,Twitter,Facebook Companies got pressurize by EU authorities

Google,Twitter and Facebook has got pressurize by European Union.


Pressure on Google, Twitter and Facebook has been increased by the authorities of the European Union. The EU wants the three companies to make changes to their user terms so that they are in line with the European Union’s law. The proposals that have been currently submitted by the companies are considered to be insufficient by the EU.

In June, the consumer protection authorities in the bloc and the European Commission had written to the companies, asking them to improve upon the changes that they had proposed. The three companies were given up to the 20th of July to submit their new proposals which then have to be implemented by the end of September.

If any of the companies fail to comply with the EU, the European Union has the power to issue fines to them. The main concern that the authorities of the European Union have is about the procedures that the companies have proposed to set up. These procedures are in relation to removing illegal content from their websites, the terms that limit the liability and the terms which allow them to remove the content that has been posted by users.

Twitter and Facebook’s representatives did not immediately respond to the emails asking them for comments while Google’s spokesperson refrained from making a comment immediately. However, a person who is familiar with this issue has said that one of the companies has asked for extra time while the other two have already submitted amended proposals to the European Union.

Changes to the terms and conditions had first been proposed in March, by the companies, so that they could satisfy the concerns of the regulators. The main terms were those that were forcing the European consumers to seek

compensation in California, which is where the companies are located, instead of their home countries.

These companies have been strictly scrutinised in Europe over a range of matters. These include the way they conduct their business, privacy issues and the speed with which they remove dangerous and illegal content from their websites. When it comes to the Alphabet Google unit, the main concerns were about Google+ which is its social network.

The three companies have now been asked to give more details about the deadlines and timeframes that they would be applying while dealing with content that has been classified as illegal under the consumer law. They also want a page or email address to be dedicated to notifications from the consumer authorities.

There is also a demand for a procedure to be established where the consumers will be notified when their content has been removed and will also have an opportunity to challenge the move.