The European Commission has asked AliExpress for information about the measures the Chinese online store is taking against the online distribution of illegal products, such as counterfeit medicines.
The request is in line with the application of the new European Digital Services Act (DSA). Previously, substantial online platforms such as X, Meta and TikTok also received requests for information about their measures against spreading illegal content and disinformation through their channels.
“The DSA is not just about hate speech, disinformation and cyberbullying. The law is also there to ensure the removal of illegal or unsafe products (…), including the increasing number of counterfeit and potentially life-threatening medicines and pharmaceutical products sold online,” European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said in a statement on Monday.
AliExpress must submit the requested information by November 27. On this basis, the Commission will decide on any further steps. Refusing to cooperate or providing incorrect, incomplete or misleading information may lead to financial sanctions.