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Transparency to play key role in Taiwan’s digital services act

NCC proposal covers sites including Facebook, YouTube, Dcard

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The NCC has a proposal ready to cover online platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Dcard. (Pixabay image) 

The NCC has a proposal ready to cover online platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Dcard. (Pixabay image) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A proposal for a digital telecommunications and broadcasting services act (數通法) requires online platforms to be more transparent about their actions against user posts, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said Wednesday (Dec. 29).

The new legal proposal covered prominent sites such as Meta’s Facebook and Instagram, YouTube and Dcard, but it was not clear yet whether it would also include the popular PTT bulletin board system, CNA reported. The service providers would have to give a clear explanation if they removed content posted by users and if they suspended users from the platform.

The NCC said Wednesday it had been reviewing proposals for more than eight months before coming up with the document. It will publish the whole text before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday in late January and organize three public hearings to collect opinions and suggestions before filing an adjusted version to the Executive Yuan in June or July 2022.

Following studies of overseas examples such as the European Union’s Digital Services Act, the proposal will include clauses on the duties of platform operators and the protection of basic rights as well as details about fines, the NCC said.

On Tuesday (Dec. 28), the Legislative Yuan approved a proposal adding a digital development ministry to the Cabinet.


Updated : 2022-05-26 23:36 GMT+08:00