YouTube, EU e-commerce rules under threat

The European Commission is concerned about a draft Italian law requiring video-sharing platforms such as YouTube to check that user-generated content is lawful before it is posted. Many fear that the move – a clear breach of the E-Commerce Directive – could set a dangerous precedent for other EU countries to follow.The Italian draft rules, likely to become law this week, transpose the Audiovisual Media Services Directive into the Italian legislative system. The law amends the previous Television Without Frontiers Directive.

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