The European Parliament on January 20 agreed to maintain the conditional liability regime for online intermediaries and the prohibition of general monitoring obligations with a large majority. Conditional liability disincentivises online platforms from over-removal of legitimate speech over liability concerns. The prohibition of general monitoring obligations prevents EU Member States from requiring online platforms to scan and unilaterally judge all the information people share online.
MEPs also agreed to prohibit the use of ‘dark patterns’, so called manipulative interfaces that are designed to trick users into unintentionally consenting to sharing their personal data. Dark patterns are systematically used by Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Youtube but also by countless apps and websites to push users into consenting to surveillance based advertising.