Big Tech will be forced to explain their algorithms

Big Tech will be forced to explain their algorithms

Platforms will also need to maintain basic information about merchants to track down people selling illegal goods or services on the web, as well as introduce new strategies to tackle disinformation during times of crisis, such as Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. These provisions have been criticized for the possible censorship they would generate in the digital field.

Regarding the functioning of the algorithms, large companies such as Meta will have to make these systems transparent, that is, explain what criteria they follow to display the content, in addition to providing key data to researchers to know “how online risks evolve” .

On the other hand, users will have the possibility to choose a system not based on their interests. This would directly affect the experience with the platform, as a chronological feed would now be displayed, as Instagram has begun to explore again.

Although the Digital Services Law will exclusively affect the European market, its entry into force could cause a domino effect for the United States to propose similar changes, in order to increasingly regulate Big Tech.