Amazon Challenges it’s inclusion in a group of corporations that are subject to stringent internet content standards imposed by the European Union(EU). This move, which may lead other internet titans to follow Amazon’s example, can be found here.
This case is the first by a Big Tech business to be brought before Europe’s second highest court, which is located in Luxembourg and is known as the General Court. It was brought about two weeks after the German online retailer Zalando sued the European Commission over the same issue.
Because they each had more than 45 million users, the 19 websites and search engines that make up the internet were designated as “very large online platforms” by the Digital Services Act (DSA), which went into effect the previous year.
Companies who receive a VLOP certification are required to increase their efforts to combat illicit content that can be found online, engage in risk management, carry out audits that are both external and independent, and exchange data with authorities and researchers.
Amazon challenges EU internet argued that it is not the largest retailer in any of the EU countries in which it operates, and that larger competitors in these countries have not been labeled as VLOPs. As a result, Amazon has requested the General Court to invalidate its designation as a VLOP.
An official representative for Amazon stated on Tuesday that the company does not meet the requirements of the DSA’s definition of a “Very Large Online Platform,” and that it should not be classified as one because of this.
“If the VLOP designation were to be applied to Amazon and not to other large retailers located throughout the EU, then Amazon would be unfairly singled out and forced to meet onerous administrative obligations that do not benefit EU consumers,”
The EU executive has acknowledged that it has taken note of Amazon’s case and has stated that it will defend its position in court.
A spokeswoman for the Commission stated that the DSA’s scope is very clear and is designed to encompass all platforms that expose their users to material, including the sale of products or services that can be illegal. “The scope of the DSA is defined to cover all platforms that expose their users to content,” the spokesperson said.
“For marketplaces as well as for social networks, very wide user reach increases the risks, and it increases the platforms’ responsibilities to address them,” they went on to say.