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EU probes Meta over its provisions for protecting children

May 16, 2024

The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to assess whether Meta, the provider of Facebook and Instagram, may have breached the Digital Services Act (DSA) in areas linked to the protection of minors.

The action follows a separate probe into Meta’s alleged failure to properly monitor the distribution of political misinformation by “foreign actors” before June’s European elections.

The latest action means the executive of the European Union will examine three potential breaches of the DSA, first introduced in August last year. The legislation allows for fines up to 6 percent of worldwide annual turnover, which in Meta’s case would equate to around $8.5 billion.

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