From privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content – U.S. tech companies are under pressure in Europe.
LAITH KHALAF, SENIOR ANALYST AT HARGREAVES LANSDOWN,
“There’s lots of things on the table ranging from privacy to doing more to stop fraud and scams on these social media sites. If you look more broadly at what is going on, the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google have been so integral to consumers, that I think we can really expect much more public scrutiny of what they do and probably much more regulation. So I think in a way, they’ve really become victims of their own success.”
According to the letters seen by Reuters, the terms criticised by the authorities include not allowing users to go to court in their country of residence but requiring them to go to a California court where the companies are based.
Not identifying sponsored content clearly and an excessive power for the companies deciding the suitability of content, also issues.
Sources say the companies attempted to resolve the matter with the authorities earlier this week.