Digital Services Act Deep Dive: Policies & Transparency Reports
What is discussed in the webinar?
The webinar covered various aspects related to the DSA including its background and scope, and what the DSA says about policies and transparency reports. The discussion provides insights into these obligations and the preparations online platforms can make.
Transparency Reporting - Intermediary & Hosting
All organisations subject to the DSA and who conduct content moderation need to publicise an annual transparency report on their content moderation activities.
Transparency reporting should include:
- Number of orders received (to act on illegal content or provide information) – plus information including average time to take action
- Number of Notice & Actions received to remove illegal content – broken down in categories of illegal content, whether action was based on T&Cs or illegality, whether automated means was used to make the decision, and the average time taken
- Information about any own-initiative content moderation, including use of automated tools (+ their accuracy/any safeguards), and training & assistance provided to employees
- Number and type of measures that affect the availability of information provided by recipients
- Internal complaints: the number of complaints submitted, why they were submitted, average time to handle complaints and the number of times complaints were overturned
Reports will also be transmitted to a public database (TBC – managed by the EU Commission).
Transparency Reporting - Platforms
Online platforms’ transparency reports will need to include everything in Intermediaries & Hosting, plus…
- Types and number of illegal content removed (CSAM, Terrorist, etc.)
- Types and number of content removed from terms and conditions breaches
- Number of out-of-court dispute settlements (submitted, upheld, overturned, abandoned/completed), average time to complete, and whether outcome was implemented
- Data must be anonymous
- AI accuracy metrics & safeguards
- The number of suspensions applied to those who post illegal content, or who persistently send manifestly unfounded notices
All online platforms also need to publish their “monthly active recipients” at least once every six months (first publication was on 17 February 2023).
Watch the recording to discover more about the Digital Services Act, Notice, Action and Reporting