Platforms, A Call for Data-based Regulation

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The public discourse on digital platforms has changed significantly from a naïve belief in their ability to solve any problem to blaming them for the many ills of modern societies. There is no day without a new call for regulation to be applied to this or that digital platform or to platforms in general. Those calls raise issues such as privacy, media plurality, non-discrimination, social exclusion, morality, etc. Yet, there have been few instances of actual regulation of platforms, through competition law enforcement to local regulation of ride hailing or accommodation sharing applications. Should there be a new type of regulatory setting to address issues raised by platforms?