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Estonia Calls on European Commission to Tighten Control over Telegram

Mon 05 Feb 2024 | 10:54 PM
Israa Farhan

Estonia's Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, has announced that her country has submitted proposals to the European Commission to increase oversight of the "Telegram" platform, alleging its use for disseminating misleading information.

Kallas stated in an interview with Die Presse, "We have expressed our concerns about the 'Telegram' platform to the European Commission. This platform is being used to spread a lot of misleading information, and some of its channels provide fertile ground for extremist groups. To address this threat, we must tighten the oversight and enhance media literacy among Europeans."

Earlier, the European Commission called on the "Telegram" platform to appoint a legal representative to ensure communication with the Commission for content regulation by the European Union's Digital Services Act by February 17.

Under this law, social media operators bear full responsibility for content posted on their platforms by third parties.

Specifically, the European Commission demands the removal of any "unreliable information from social networks automatically."

The move reflects growing concerns about the spread of misinformation and extremist content on online platforms and the need for stricter regulation to combat these issues.