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Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

AFP  |  Brussels 

The said today that US giants have made an effort to comply with EU rules, but that and have not made all the required changes.

"While Google's latest proposals appear to be in line with the requests made by consumer authorities, and, more significantly, Twitter, have only partially addressed important issues about their liability and about how users are informed of possible content removal or contract termination," the Commission, the EU's executive arm, said in a statement.

The three major companies had published on Thursday the changes they are making to comply with the demands of European regulators, which must be implemented in all languages by spring.

Some of those changes include having the right to withdraw from an online purchase; being able to lodge complaints in rather than in where the companies are based; and the platforms being responsible towards EU consumers in the same way as

"I am pleased that the enforcement of EU rules to protect consumers by national authorities is bearing fruit, as some companies are now making their platforms safer for consumers; however, it is unacceptable that this is still not complete and it is taking so much time," said Vera Jourova, European for justice, consumers and gender equality.

The European Unions demands to the US giants were made in November 2016 following numerous complaints by consumers in about being hit with fraud and scams when using their websites.

There were also concerns by authorities about requesting the removal of illegal content.

The Commission said unlike Google, and have not set up deadlines to deal with the requests of national authorities.

Monique Goyens, of the (BEUC), said the situation with the companies showed that the EU needs to update to strengthen sanction powers.

"What this shows is that there is a need for real sanction powers when a company does not respect EU law," she said in a statement.

"The incentive for companies to comply with the law is rather low. These fines should not be symbolic but a real deterrent, going up to a percentage of the companys annual worldwide turnover," she added.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 23:15 IST