The European Union is increasing its pressure on Facebook and Google over its consumer laws, having said all major social media companies must "do more" in order to comply with its requests and deeming their current proposals "insufficient." In a statement issued Thursday, the European Commission also called out Twitter for not doing enough to brings its service in line with consumer protection rules set to go into force on the Old Continent later this year.
Among other things, the digital companies required users to waive their right to withdraw from an online purchase. The same terms also stated the U.S. social networks aren't obligated to clearly label sponsored content and otherwise commercial communications, and have prevented EU nationals from their inherent right to resolve their domestic disputes in their home countries, the EC said. While Google, Twitter, and Facebook initially agreed to implement the necessary changes in all language versions of their terms of usage, they are yet to deliver on that promise, having so far only adopted some of the amendments, according to the European regulator. The Silicon Valley giants have yet to respond to the appeal but could face fines should they be unable to implement the previously agreed changes by spring, especially given the rising tensions between their local units and EU regulators.