to DSA regulations

The DSA (Digital Services Act) comes into force on February 17 for all online platforms. New European rules are imposed on them in terms of transparency and moderation in particular. Sanctions, sometimes very heavy, are provided for in the event of an infraction.

This was well worth a tweet from Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the internal market and digital technology. “ It’s DSA time! From today, the DSA applies to all online platforms in the EU “, he wrote this Saturday February 17 on X (formerly Twitter), to celebrate the new phase of the Digital Services Act (DSA).


It is indeed from February 17 that this regulation on digital services of the European Union will be further extended. Until now, the text only concerned the internet giants. Since August 25, 2023, companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, TikTok, Snapchat, X, Instagram, YouTube and Booking were targeted.

Everyone except very small companies

From now on, everyone is concerned and no longer just the biggest online platforms. The only exception, however: very small structures. They benefit from a more favorable regime if they employ less than 50 people and have an annual turnover (or annual balance sheet total) of less than 10 million euros.

All the structures which had escaped the first wave of regulation because they were below the threshold set by the European Union (45 million visitors per month, or 10% of the population). Also included are hosting services (such as the cloud) and intermediaries (operators or domain name bureaus).

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Source: Numerama with Midjourney

With the DSA rules, Brussels made no secret of its intention to have tools to put an end to the social media mess and bring the internet giants into line. “ What is illegal in the real world must also be illegal online », has often repeated Thierry Breton to defend the aim of this regulation.


The DSA sets new obligations, for example on the transparency of advertisements, the protection of minors with regard to their personal data or even on the effectiveness of moderation. The functioning of the platforms must also be adjusted in places, to more easily report possibly illegal content.

If ” a new era dawns for online spaces ” in Europe, in the words of the Commission, the platforms are not yet at the end of their troubles. Indeed, a second regulation is on the way: the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The philosophy is the same. This involves subjecting the internet giants to the rules of the Union.

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Source: Numerama with MidjourneySource: Numerama with Midjourney