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Parliamentary questions
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4 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Roberta Metsola
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Monitoring of recommendation engines on online platforms

Online platforms are increasingly deploying algorithms that are designed to glean information from an end user’s searches. Their intention in doing so is to suggest related content that the end user might find interesting, based on his/her initial search.

Technology company Mozilla has asked the public to flag what they term ‘YouTube regrets’, that is, content watched on YouTube based on the results generated by its recommendation engine. There are reports that such recommendations may have exposed vulnerable members of society, including minors, to inappropriate content as a result. There are also reports of malicious content creators deliberately seeking out individuals struggling with various mental illnesses by tagging related keywords intended to manipulate recommendation engines.

What measures is the Commission taking, in collaboration with online platforms, to ensure that minors are protected against inappropriate and potentially damaging content that recommendation engines suggest to users online?

What guidelines has it drawn up in order to strike the right balance and promote safe spaces on the internet without policing it?

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