EU - New Regulations on Big Tech

Arno Froese

European policymakers reached a deal in Brussels on a sweeping new law to force the world’s largest tech companies to more aggressively police their platforms for illegal content, paving the way for one of the most expansive regulations to date to address a broad range of harms caused by social networks, shopping websites and search engines. 

The agreement solidifies a two-bill plan, which also includes the Digital Markets Act, a competition bill that would establish new rules to prevent “gatekeepers” from abusing their power to squash smaller rivals. Both bills await votes from the Parliament and policymakers from the 27 countries in the union, which are widely viewed as a formality. 

“The Digital Services Act will make sure that what is illegal offline is also seen & dealt with as illegal online—not as a slogan, as reality! And always protecting freedom of expression!” tweeted Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top digital enforcer. 

Washington lawmakers have failed to pass comprehensive tech legislation despite years of promises of a crackdown on the industry as Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon amassed power and influence for decades with minimal regulation. 

The deal on the Digital Services Act is a blow to Google, Facebook and other major tech companies, which have aggressively lobbied against some aspects of the legislation. These companies could face fines of up to 6 percent of global revenue if they break the rules. 

-www.msn.com, 22 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

This new law attempts to regulate, “illegal content…social networks…shopping websites and search engines.”

Global laws will and must be implemented.

Take, for example, the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), headquartered in Montreal, Canada. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It “codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.” Does it work? Absolutely! Today, one can buy an airline ticket to fly virtually anywhere in the world at any time.

Statistica.com reports 38 airline hijackings in 1990, dropping to one in 2005, zero in 2020, and 3 in 2021. What is the reason for the precipitous decline? International cooperation. Strict rules and regulations must be complied with by every airline in the world; otherwise, they are in danger of being red flagged, meaning their planes cannot land anywhere else, nor will anyone land in their country.

Now, with the digitized global economy, more and more international rules and regulations will be implemented. Where will this lead? Global peace, prosperity, and security. The prophet Daniel seems to identify the last global rulership: “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all” (Daniel 11:36-37). That’s in the works today.

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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