EU - Facebook Required to Adapt to Europe’s Standard

Arno Froese

EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe’s standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant’s proposed internet rules as insufficient. 

“It’s not for us to adapt to this company, it’s for this company to adapt to us,” Breton, a former CEO at French telecoms provider Orange and French technology company Atos, told reporters after the meeting. 

Breton also said he would decide by the end of the year whether to adopt tough rules as part of the digital services act to regulate online platforms and set out their responsibilities. 

He dismissed a discussion paper issued by Facebook that rejects what it calls intrusive regulations and suggests looser rules whereby companies would periodically report content and publish enforcement data. 

“It’s not enough,” Breton said, adding that Facebook had omitted any mention of its market dominance and also failed to spell out its responsibilities. 

Breton will announce proposals aimed at exploiting the EU’s trove of industrial data and challenging the dominance of Facebook, Google and Amazon. It will announce rules to govern the use of artificial intelligence too, which will also affect companies such as Facebook. 

Zuckerberg’s visit came on the heels of visits by Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Microsoft President Brad Smith to Brussels., 17 February 2020

Arno's Commentary

The Internet giants—Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc.—will have to adhere to Europe’s laws, the strictest in the world when it comes to individual privacy and data protection. However, that’s not the end; it’s actually only the beginning. In order to have proposed Internet rules established, all parties concerned must agree. Thus, it is another step toward global unity. Here Europe’s motto sounds quite fitting: “United in Diversity.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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