Webinar V: Exploring Content Moderation Challenges in the Metaverse.
Tuesday 14 November 2023 at 16.00 (CET), the Chair for the responsible development of the Metaverse, in cooperation with the G-IPTech Centre at the School of Law of Queen’s University Belfast, is hosting the Webinar “Exploring Content Moderation Challenges in the Metaverse”.
Paul POLANSKI (Professor at Kozminski University, Warsaw) will present the preliminary conclusions of the paper he is writing on the topic. He will receive comments from Judit BAYER (Senior Research Fellow at University of Muenster) and Giancarlo FROSIO (Professor of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast).
The primary focus of the paper is the application of the Digital Services Act (DSA) to internet platforms that offer metaverse-like experiences. Currently, these platforms enjoy conditional exemption from liability under Article 14 of the E-commerce Directive and are relieved of the obligation to actively monitor illegal activities under Article 15. However, the recent enactment of Article 17 of the DSM Directive has ushered in changes that have disrupted the landscape of safe harbors, creating potential gaps in the otherwise comprehensive approach to the liability of hosting service providers for content posted by their users. The DSA also includes due diligence obligations whose application in metaverse scenarios might be controversial.
Some of the key questions we’ll address during this webinar include
- Are platforms providing metaverse services considered hosting service providers under the E-commerce Directive and DSA?
- Do metaverses fall under the category of online service providers as defined by the DSA?
- Can metaverse platform providers still take advantage of the safe harbor provisions?
- What challenges might arise with the implementation of the Notice-and-Action mechanism outlined in the DSA?
- What are the obligations of online platform providers when it comes to blocking content or suspending metaverse user accounts?
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