Tech giants at odds with new media watchdog over new online safety codes

Powerful lobby group says new rules that require them to take action on unlawful content conflict with EU laws – but media regulator rejects its claims

Niamh Hodnett: Ireland’s new commissioner for online safety has said her agency will have teeth

Tech giants are at odds with Ireland’s new online safety commission over its plans to introduce measures that require social media firms to quickly remove unlawful content from their platforms.

Coimisiún na Meán, which was established in March, is establishing a new online safety code that could mean social media companies are subject to civil or criminal sanctions if they do not adhere to it.

As part of this work, the new body has drawn ...