Europe reins in Big Tech: What you need to know

European ministers on Thursday green-lit their versions of two new, massive EU rulebooks to tame Big Tech and tackle illegal content online.

Economy ministers from across the bloc rubber-stamped common positions on the digital competition and content moderation laws known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA), at a Competitiveness Council meeting in Brussels. The ministers’ approval paves the way for the EU Council and Parliament to hammer out final texts next year.

The regulatory crackdown comes after years of revelations of excesses and harmful practices on Big Tech’s online platforms, ranging from terrorist footage gone viral to massive sharing of child sexual abuse

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