CEPRI Webinar - The harmonisation of content management under the Digital Services Act


One of the salient topics related to social media platforms is content management, thus, the way in which online platforms deal with content that it regards as unlawful or as non-compliant with its “house rules”. Complaints of users relate to inactivity of platforms in relation to unlawful content as much as to the taking down of user content that the relevant user regards to be lawful. Usually, disputes centre around hate speech or satirical content.

Legal disputes at the national level have turned on the validity of the platforms’ standard terms in relation to content management and the relationship between content management and the constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech.

As Member States have started to develop their own national regimes related to content management, the European Commission makes an attempt with the proposed Digital Services Act to fully harmonise that area by introducing, primarily, procedural standards for the take down of unlawful or non-compliant content and for the blocking or deletion of accounts but also for remedies of the users concerned.

This presentation will illustrate the legal issues arising from content management with rich case law from Germany and then critically analyse the system that the proposed Digital Services Act would introduce.

About the speaker 

Peter Rott is Professor Dr. at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. He is an expert in European private law, specialising in contract law, tort law and consumer law in its broadest sense.

Peter is a fully qualified German lawyer. He obtained his law degree from the University of Bayreuth, took his second state exam at the Higher Regional Court in Bamberg and worked in academia ever since, holding positions as assistant at the University of Bamberg, lecturer at the University of Sheffield, junior professor at the University of Bremen, associate professor at the Unviersity of Copenhagen and professor at the University of Kassel. His doctoral thesis dealt with patent law and social policy under the TRIPS Agreement.
Peter is a member of the International Association of Consumer Law, the European Law Institute, the Ius Commune project and the Trento/Turin project "The Common Core of European Private Law", lead editor of the German law journal "Verbraucher und Recht" and member of the editorial boards of the "Journal of Consumer Policy" and the "European Journal of Consumer Law". He has conducted numerous expert studies for EU institutions, German and Austrian ministries and consumer organisations and serves as a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the German financial services regulator BaFin.

Registration: Please register here no later than 29 November 2021, 11:30.

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