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September 2023

The UK parliament is agreeing to the Online Safety Bill. Read more UK Regulatory
Luxembourg is granting approval for the implementation of the Digital Services Act. Read more Luxembourg Regulatory
The EU is naming six gatekeepers that must face the highest level of scrutiny under the DMA. Read more or even more EUAmazonAppleGoogleMetaMicrosoftTikTok Regulatory
Malaysia is considering new regulations that will make Google and Meta compensate news outlets for content sourced from them. Read more MalaysiaGoogleMeta Regulatory

August 2023

Kyrgyzstan's Culture Ministry is requesting that digital censors block access to TikTok, worried by the availability of harmful content and the lack of age restrictions on the app. Read more KyrgyzstanTikTok RegulatoryChild SafetyViolence
New Zealand is planning to introduce a legislation for a digital services tax on large multinational companies from 2025. Read more New Zealand Regulatory
The Digital Services Act (DSA) is going into effect, starting on on August 25th, 2023. Read more or even more Europe Regulatory
Somalia is banning TikTok and Telegram over the spread of horrific content and misinformation. Read more SomaliaTelegramTikTok RegulatoryMisinformation

July 2023

The UK is proposing new rules targeting illegal ads and fake celebrity scams. Read more UK RegulatoryMisinformation
Kazakhstan is adopting new laws on online platforms and online advertising to fight misinformation and tax evasion. Read more Kazakhstan RegulatoryMisinformation
Singapore is introducing a new code of practice for social media platforms to ensure online safety. Read more Singapore RegulatoryChild SafetyViolence
TikTok is agreeing to perform a stress test to prepare for the EU's Digital Services Act. Read more EUTikTok RegulatoryRegulatory
UK lawmakers are agreeing that the Online Safety Bill should cover activities in the metaverse to protect children and vulnerable individuals from harmful content. Read more UK RegulatoryChild Safety
Ofcom is estimating it will cost around £169m in the next two years to create a new regulatory regime under the Online Safety Bill. Read more UK Regulatory
Seven companies are declaring they meet the crtiteria to be gatekeepers under the Digital Markets Act. Read more or even more EU Regulatory

June 2023

The UK is making last minute amendments to the Online Safety Bill, requiring pornographic sites to use age verification measures. Read more UK RegulatoryChild Safety
An amendment to the Online Safety Bill is eliminating the requirement to have proof that perpetrators of revenge porn intended to cause distress. Read more UK RegulatoryAdultHarassment
An amendment to the Online Safety Bill is giving Ofcom the right to force tech companies to hand over deceased children's data. Read more UK RegulatoryChild Safety
Meta and the EU have agreed on a stress test in July on the EU's online content rules. Read more EUMeta RegulatoryRegulatory
The US senate is reintroducing the Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA), a bill that would hold AI companies liable for harmful content. Read more or even more US Regulatory
Texas is signing a bill banning kids under 18 joining social media sites without parental consent. Read more US RegulatoryChild Safety
The EU is urging social media platforms to start labelling AI-generated content and images. Read more EU RegulatoryMisinformation
Meta shareholders are voting against an inquiry into allegations of political entanglement and content management biases. Read more IndiaMeta Regulatory

May 2023

Twitter is pulling out of the EU's voluntary code to fight disinformation. Read more EUTwitter RegulatoryMisinformation
The US are taking new steps to protect the privacy, safety and mental health of children online. Read more US RegulatoryChild SafetyPrivacy
The EU is launching a Digital Transformation Centre to support Kenya's transition, promoting a human-centered digital economy. Read more KenyaUE Regulatory
The UK is adding a new proposition to the Online Safety Bill, making it illegal to promote or assist self-harm and suicide. Read more UK RegulatorySelf-harm
The UK is proposing an amendment to the Online Safety Bill, requiring platforms to prevent online abuse and violence against women. Read more UK RegulatoryHateViolence
Germany is proposing an advisory board monitoring the implementation and enforcement of the DSA. Read more Germany Regulatory
Vietnam is planning to require Facebook, YouTube and TikTok users to verify their accounts Read more VietnamMetaTikTokYouTube Regulatory
The EU is proposing a survivors' board aiming to fight the dissemination of child sexual abuse material online and offline. Read more EU RegulatoryChild Safety
The EU is launching a consultation on draft rules on how independent audits should be conducted under the DSA for VLOPs and VLOSEs. Read more EU Regulatory
The US are introducing a new legislation that would make sharing non-consensual AI-generated pornography illegal. Read more US RegulatoryAdult
US senators are reintroducing the Kids Online Safety Act to help protect kids from harmful online content. Read more US RegulatoryChild Safety

April 2023

The US are proposing a bill that would set a national age limit, banning kids under 13 from using social media. Read more US RegulatoryChild Safety
UK is introducing the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill, which will allow its regulator to oversee major tech firms. Read more UK Regulatory
Texas is giving initial approval to a bill requiring platforms to protect minors from harmful content and give parents more control. Read more US RegulatoryChild SafetyPrivacy
The EU is releasing the names of 19 VLOPs and VLOSEs that will need to comply with the DSA within 4 months. Read more or even more EU Regulatory
Florida is advancing a bill requiring companies to be more transparent and to get permission to collect and sell personal data. Read more US RegulatoryPrivacy
China is pledging to intensify its battle against "illegal" political content by boosting its system of tip-offs. Read more China Regulatory
Montana is giving final approval to a bill that will come into effect in January, making it illegal for app stores to offer TikTok. Read more USTikTok Regulatory
The EU is launching the European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency, its first task will be providing scientific and technological expertise to enforce the DSA. Read more EU Regulatory
Brazil is introducing new social media restrictions over school violence content. Read more Brazil RegulatoryChild SafetyViolence
Vietnam is announcing it will start to investigate TikTok in May for harmful content. Read more VietnamTikTok Regulatory
Arkansas is signing a bill imposing a minimum age limit for social media usage. Read more US RegulatoryChild Safety
China and the US are both requesting for public comment on accountability measures for advanced AI systems such as ChatGPT. Read more ChinaUS Regulatory
India is prohibiting Facebook, Twitter and others from hosting misleading information about the government, requiring them to rely on their own fact-check unit. Read more IndiaFacebookTwitter RegulatoryMisinformation
Ireland is confirming that the newly established Media Commission will take on the role of "digital services coordinator" under the DSA next year. Read more Ireland Regulatory
Canada is examining a bill requiring sites showing sexually explicit material to have valid age verification for users. Read more Canada RegulatoryAdultChild Safety

March 2023

Italy is temporarily banning ChatGPT over privacy concerns and lack of age verification. Read more Italy RegulatoryChild SafetyPrivacy
UNESCO is launching a National Coalition on Freedom of Expression and Content Moderation in Kenya. Read more Kenya RegulatoryHateMisinformation
The House of Representatives is passing a bill to protect online speech from federal officials. Read more US RegulatoryPrivacy
Texas is proposing a bill requiring platforms to protect minors from harmful content and to get parental consent before data collection. Read more US RegulatoryChild SafetyPrivacy

February 2023

Singapore is examining a new Code of Practice seeking to remove harmful content from app stores. Read more Singapore RegulatoryAdultChild SafetyViolence
Australian e-safety commissioner is asking TikTok, Twitter and Google to hand over information on handling online child abuse. Read more or even more AustraliaGoogleTikTokTwitter RegulatoryChild Safety
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is launching a new short-code aiming at combating fake news. Read more Nigeria RegulatoryMisinformation
UK is announcing that content generated by AI chatbots will fall within the Online Safety Bill's scope. Read more UK RegulatoryChild SafetyMisinformationSelf-harm
Tennessee is examining a bill asking phone manufacturers to track and block harmful content from minors. Read more US RegulatoryAdultChild SafetyViolence
Arkansas is proposing a new bill requiring ID to access pornographic websites. Read more US RegulatoryAdultChild Safety
British peers are proposing an amendment to the Online Safety Bill, requiring a greater protection for women online. Read more UK RegulatoryHarassment
California is attempting for the second time to hold social media liable for addicting child users to their product. Read more US RegulatoryChild Safety
France is imposing age verification to block access to pornographic websites for minors from next September. Read more France RegulatoryAdultChild Safety
California is examining a bill targeting fentanyl and firearms sale and harm promotion to children on social media. Read more US RegulatoryChild SafetySubstancesViolence

January 2023

The Supreme Court is taking up Section 230 for two cases to be heard in February, involving social media's relationship to terrorist activity. Read more US RegulatoryExtremism
Japan is creating a new agency to counter fake news and online disinformation. Read more Japan RegulatoryMisinformation
India is forming three Grievance Appellate Committees to oversee social media content moderation. Read more India Regulatory
The National Police Agency is adding murder, guns and explosives to contents that can be requested for removal by internet service providers in March. Read more Japan RegulatoryViolence
EU regulators are warning TikTok must comply with the Digital Services Act rules by next September. Read more EUTikTok Regulatory
CNIL is warning that some age verification methods requiring face scans to access pornographic websites could be used for blackmail. Read more US RegulatoryAdultChild Safety
The Supreme Court is asking The Biden administration to weigh in on two content moderation cases. Read more or even more US Regulatory
An amendment to the Online Safety Bill is calling for tech company executives to be liable for prosecution if failing to protect children online. Read more or even more UK RegulatoryChild Safety
Louisiana is passing a new law requiring residents to provide proof of their age with an official ID to access pornographic websites. Read more US RegulatoryAdultChild Safety
China is implementing new rules on generative AI and deepfakes, requiring specific labeling and banning their use for fake news generation. Read more China RegulatoryMisinformation
The United Nation’s 2022 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is discussing internet fragmentation among democracies vs. driven by authoritarian states. Read more World Regulatory

December 2022

In Thailand, a new law is forcing online service providers and social media platforms to take down content within 24 hours without a court order. Read more Thailand Regulatory
Wikipedia Foundation executives are arguing that the UK's Online Safety Bill would require platforms to monitor all content, which is prohibited in the EU's DSA. Read more UK RegulatoryPrivacy
Ireland is signing its Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022. Read more Ireland Regulatory
The UK government is dropping the "legal but harmful" provisions of the Online Safety Bill and adding new duties boosting free speech and increasing accountability of tech firms. Read more or even more UK Regulatory

November 2022

Singapore is passing an Online Safety Bill requiring social media sites to block "harmful content" within hours. Read more Singapore Regulatory
The EU Digital Services Act (DSA) is coming into force, creating new rules to ensure transparency and users protection and rights on online platforms. Read more or even more EU Regulatory
Australia, Fiji, Ireland and the UK are launching a Global Online Safety Regulators Network paving the way for a coherent international approach to online safety regulation. Read more AustraliaFijiIrelandUK Regulatory
The French government is creating a Laboratory for Childhood protection Online Charter encouraging knowledge sharing and new initiatives development. Read more France RegulatoryChild Safety
Vietnam is tightening regulations regarding "false" content on social media platforms so that it is taken down within 24 hours instead of 48 hours. Read more Vietnam RegulatoryMisinformation

October 2022

The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) is entering into force, putting an end to unfair practices by companies acting as gatekeepers in the online platform economy. Read more or even more EU Regulatory
The Indian government is forming a government panel to hear complaints from users about content moderation decisions by social media platforms. Read more India Regulatory
The EU Council is giving final approval to the Digital Services Act (DSA). Read more EU Regulatory
Singapore is introducing a bill into Parliament to fight egregious and harmful online content. Read more Singapore RegulatoryAdultChild SafetyExtremismSelf-harm

September 2022

California is requiring platforms to report how they moderate hate speech, extremism, harassment and other objectionable behaviors. Read more US RegulatoryExtremismHarassmentHate

August 2022

Indonesia is blocking access to various online platforms such as PayPal, Steam and Yahoo after they failed to comply with a regulatory deadline. Read more Indonesia Regulatory

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