The European Parliament’s committee on culture and education (CULT) has officially endorsed its amendments to the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal.
Under the adopted amendments, editorial media content and services appearing on online platforms would be protected from takedowns and interference by platform operators.
The moves were welcomed by the European Broadcasting Union, which said it urged the European Parliament’s lead committee on DSA, the IMCO committee (Internal Market and Consumer Protection), to adopt CULT amendments when it prepares its DSA report for a vote on 8 November.
“Inclusion of a prohibition in the DSA on platform interference with our content is crucial. As media, for our content and services we have strict EU and national media laws, regulatory oversight and professional editorial standards. Despite this, platforms regularly remove media content and apps, and they block our accounts without any warning,” the EBU said in a statement.
Other amendments include ensuring that intermediary service providers properly attribute logos and branding to the content, goods and services of business users, including media and enhancing the transparency of all online platforms’ content recommendations.