EU chief takes aim at internet giants over freedom of speech

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Foto: Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

Restrictions should be placed on internet companies so they aren't in a position to make unilateral decisions that will affect freedom of speech and democratic values, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

"We need to contain this immense power of the big digital companies," von der Leyen said in a virtual address at the World Economic Forum. "We want the platforms to be transparent about how their algorithms work because we cannot accept that decisions that have a far-reaching impact on our democracy are taken by computer programs alone."..

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