The DSA applies to the 19 largest online platforms, including social media giants like Instagram, X (ex-Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn, as well as search engines like Google and e-commerce platforms like Booking.com. Many of these rules are designed to regulate the platforms and introduce key changes that directly impact users.
One of the most significant changes is the introduction of non-personalised feeds. Platforms are now expected to offer alternative recommendation algorithms to the current ones relying on user profiling. This is a monumental shift aimed at reducing manipulation, filter bubbles, and addictive online behaviour. Here’s how you can customise your feeds under the new DSA rules. Here’s a list of the changes we’ve spotted on the following services:
Another major change is the increased transparency around advertisements. Users can now understand the “why” behind the ads they see. For example:
It’s worth noting that some platforms like Amazon and Zalando have submitted legal challenges against the DSA regulations and are asking for an exception, excluding them from the new requirements.
The new EU regulations under the DSA aim to make online platforms more transparent and user-friendly. As a user, you now have more control over your feed and a better understanding of the ads you encounter. Stay informed and make the most of your new rights!
The new EU regulations under the DSA aim at making online platforms more transparent and user-friendly. As a user, you now have more control over your feed and a better understanding of the ads you see. Stay informed and make the most of your new rights!
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