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More Questions Than Flags: Reality Check on DSA’s Trusted Flaggers

"There are considerable risks in both the vetting process and risks associated with the Trusted Flagger status for civil society. According to Article 22 of the DSA, Trusted Flaggers need to demonstrate they operate independently from online platforms, and maintain transparent funding. But what does that really mean? In its current form, the Article could allow organizations that operate independently from platform companies to apply for Trusted Flagger status that may be directly or indirectly funded by social media platforms themselves in some way, creating a potential conflict of interest. There is a need to clarify this point in the process and be more prescriptive about what independence actually looks like. "

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