BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission on Monday ordered AliExpress, a subsidiary of Alibaba, to provide information on how it fights against the sale of fraudulent or counterfeit products on its platform.

She specified that the Chinese e-commerce giant must provide the requested information by November 27, or risk being the subject of an investigation which could lead to fines.

The EU executive said it sent a request for information to AliExpress in line with new EU rules for online content, known as the Digital Services Act. These rules require big tech companies to do more to combat fraudulent and harmful online content.

The Commission therefore wishes to know the measures taken by AliExpress to comply with the DSA rules against the distribution and sale of illegal products online, such as fake medicines.

“(The DSA) is also there to ensure the removal of illegal or dangerous products sold in the EU via e-commerce platforms, including the growing number of fake medicines and potentially deadly pharmaceuticals sold online,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, in a press release.

In recent weeks, Thierry Breton sent similar requests for information to Elon Musk’s X platforms, Meta and TikTok, asking them what they were doing to combat the spread of misinformation.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Gaëlle Sheehan, edited by Kate Entringer)

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