The Drum: New EU probe into Meta’s ‘addictive’ features & age verification may put brands on edge 

May 16, 2024

Despite Meta’s assurances about the efforts it has made to mitigate risks to young users, the EU’s investigation into Facebook and Instagram should serve as a cautionary signal to other platforms, some experts say. 

“The Commission’s investigation sends a clear signal to companies that fall under the DSA: assurances that they are taking obligations ‘very seriously’ are not going to cut it. The obligations in this regulation, including those related to protecting minors and assessing risks, need to be documented, detailed and transparent,” says Calli Schroeder, senior counsel and global privacy counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Washington, DC-based digital rights think tank. 

Considering the scrutiny that Meta has faced in recent years – especially in regard to children’s safety – Schroeder says, “It would be shocking if Meta has not adequately completed and documented their assessments and policies around the issues raised.” 

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