“EU Launches DSA Investigation on AliExpress, the Leading Online Marketplace”

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The European Union has opened its third formal investigation of a very large platform under the Digital Services Act (DSA), with China’s AliExpress earning itself the dubious honor of being the first online marketplace to face formal probe by the Commission. Social media platforms X and TikTok are the two other very large online platforms (VLOPs) already under formal DSA investigation (since December and February, respectively). They said it will also look into transparency and safety concerns related to influencers’ use of AliExpress. It said it will also investigate how the influencer affiliate program is implemented to verify whether it complies with DSA transparency rules. There’s no fixed timeline for the EU to conclude a DSA investigation.