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Amazon Stores received the highest number of take-down demands under the European Union's Digital Services Act out of all 19 of the tech giants who've been singled out for special attention under the newly introduced laws. The first tranche of transparency reports from the "very large online platforms and search engines" (aka …

  1. Catkin Silver badge

    Apples and Oranges

    To be fair to Amazon (!), comparing them on raw numbers to Facebook and Snapchat seems a little unfair. I doubt that the average user on those platforms is doing anything that's as necessarily publicly visible and/or scrutiny-worthy as those who are, by definition, selling something.

    1. Lurko

      Re: Apples and Oranges

      Most people probably assume the Digital Services Act apples to illegal content and misinformation, but its scope includes counterfeit and non-compliant products. So that covers unsafe Chinese (or other nations) tat like poorly designed chargers, faulty lithium batteries, improperly labelled goods from clothing through cosmetics to computers, dishwashers, power tools, it includes anything that is a knock-off copy.

      So my ***guess*** is that much of these requests aren't about "digital" things, they're currently mostly about "stuff", and being raised by the EU's equivalent of the UK's trading standards or customs officers. It'll be a while before the EU's "digital surveillance" structures get up to speed, and that may well see a dramatic escalation in notices to the content platforms.

      1. IGotOut Silver badge

        Re: Apples and Oranges

        Agree. Just look at FB market place for the blatant knock off Levi, Doc Marten and other higher end branded stuff, then throw in the clearly scammy furniture and car sellers, and they could be in for a whole lot of pain

        This law may be linked to Meta restricting business selling via 3rd party websites through FB / Instagram shops (closing completely by April next year apparently)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not a fan, but

    I seem to recall that there was a popular sitcom on UK TV about a guy who never managed to get rich by selling dodgy, often unsafe, often shadily imported goods to unsuspecting members of the public. Not like Del Bezos at all

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
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      Re: Not a fan, but

      ...and there was me thinking you "Arfur Daley" :-)

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