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Source: CDU CSU

December 15, 2020

Platforms must act effectively and purposefully against hatred and agitation on the Internet

Today, Tuesday, the European Commission presented two new regulations for online platforms: the Digital Service Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The deputy chairwoman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group Nadine Schön explains:

“Digital platforms are becoming increasingly important in economic activity and in democratic discourse. The ten most valuable companies in the world today are mostly tech companies that operate digital platforms. Network effects in particular have favored this market position. This has an impact on competition and brings with it a special responsibility for the pluralistic democratic discourse. The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) of the European Commission want to provide an answer to these challenges.

Union digital politicians from the European Parliament and the German Bundestag have worked out a common position on what we expect from the two EU initiatives. We all believe that we in Germany already have a lot of knowledge that we can bring to the European debate. NetzDG and GWB amendment can be blueprints for the European level, for DSA and DMA.

The DMA takes the competitive issues into consideration. The wealth of data created by the network effects on the large digital platforms provides a great competitive advantage over other companies. It is comparatively easy for companies with such an outstanding position to transfer their market positions to neighboring markets and to take advantage of the verticality of their offers. That is why we call for platforms that are of paramount cross-market importance to be prohibited from giving preference to their own offers or services. This applies to the ranking or the presentation of products or services as well as to the billing. In Germany, this development is countered with the tenth GWB amendment. The DMA is the joint answer at European level. We want to bring our findings from the preparation of the GWB amendment here together.

Our goal for the DSA is to maintain free discourse on social media. To this end, the platforms must act effectively and purposefully against hatred and agitation on the Internet. The German NetzDG should serve as a blueprint. We must not fall behind these standards. We are convinced: The system of regulated co-regulation is a suitable instrument to hold the platforms accountable and at the same time guarantee freedom from the state and pluralism. “


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