By Jane Wakefield
Technology reporter

Publishedduration4 days agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced rules for digital content

A radical overhaul of how big technology companies are regulated has been announced by the president of the European Commission at Web Summit, which this year is a virtual event.

Ursula von der Leyen said the commission would be "rewriting the rulebook for our digital market".

It will mean far stricter rules for online content – from selling unsafe products to spreading hate speech.

Ms Leyen described herself as a "tech optimist".