|Published : 17 Mar 2017, 21:44:09|
EU demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter
Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday.
The social media companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe for the way they do business, from privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content.
The Commission and European consumer protection authorities will "take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules," the official said.
Germany , the most populous EU state, it planned a new law calling for social networks to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million).
The authorities sent letters to the companies saying that some of their service terms broke EU consumer protection law and that they needed to do more to tackle fraud and scams on their websites.
The companies were proposed some ways to resolve the issues and discussed with the authorities on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter said, adding that the meeting was constructive.
Google and Facebook were not immediately available for comment. A spokesman for Twitter declined to comment, according to Reuters.