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The European Commission continues to use its new powers against the world’s internet giants.

Formal investigations were initiated on Tuesday against Facebook and Instagram, which are suspected of not acting in accordance with the EU’s new digital services laws, DSA.

The suspicions mainly concern how they handle misleading advertising and political content.

“The European Commission has created tools to protect EU citizens from targeted disinformation and manipulation from third countries. If we suspect the rules are being broken, we act,” said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

A clear concern is expressed that there are not sufficient tools for researchers and journalists to neutrally and in real-time monitor material on Facebook and Instagram ahead of the EU elections in early June.

Meta now has five days to give an initial response to the investigations. The commission does not want to go into what happens otherwise.

(April 30)