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Big Brother? Ireland’s media regulator starts new “EU online safety powers”

Coimisiún na Meán, Ireland’s media regulator, has declared that it is prepared to take on new EU internet safety responsibilities as of tomorrow, reports RTE.

Its job is to make sure the Digital Services Act (DSA) is followed in Ireland.

To implement the DSA in their respective nations, every EU member states must appoint a “Digitial Services Coordinator” by February 17th.

Online platforms will be required to take more action under the new regulations to combat the spread of misinformation and remove offensive content.

If a company repeatedly violates the regulations, it may be prohibited from conducting business in the EU and subject to fines of up to 6% of its global revenue, reports RTE.

Coimisiún na Meán will have a contact centre open on Monday where the public may voice concerns about internet material and get guidance.

Users are urged to report any unlawful content they come across online to the platform, which will then be responsible for taking appropriate action.

Due to the fact that a large number of major IT companies have their European Headquarters in Ireland, the Irish regulator will also be involved in handling complaints from other nations.

At Coimisiún na Meán, John Evans serves as the Commissioner for Digital Services.

“I suppose we’re looking at a little bit of a cliff edge,” Mr Evans said, reports RTE.

“We don’t know what’s coming exactly. We could get quite a number of complaints and because we are the channel for complaints coming from other member states as well, this is another kind of level of uncertainty that we’ve been dealing with,” he said, reports RTE.

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