EU Passes Two Bills That Will Regulate Online Content

Two European Commission bills have been passed that will govern online content as never before.

Protocol reports that both the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act will be in effect by next year. The DSA will target “illegal” content online, while the DMA will focus on regulating Big Tech giants.

Last year, NewsBusters reported that the goal of EU leaders is to weed out “fake news” on social media as well as its attempts to urge the United States to follow suit.

“To respond to disinformation effectively, there is a need for country- and language-specific data,” quoted EU Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová said at the time. “We know disinformation is different in every country, and the big platforms will now have to provide meaningful data that would allow to understand better the situation on the country level.”

NewsBusters reported, as well, that the U.S. government appears to be opposed to both Acts.

A U.S. document cited by Reuters at that time stated, “DMA would require gatekeepers to under certain conditions provide competition with information that may not be protected intellectual property or trade secret law.”

The DMA doesn’t contain specific language related to protection of intellectual properties, trade secrets, or other relevant terminology. There is concern that DMA could override current protections of intellectual property rights in EU law, such as protection of trade secrets.

Big Tech companies have been influenced by the Acts.

NewsBusters had reported earlier in the year that Apple would be forced to permit third-party apps stores to function on products such as the iPhone and iPad.

“We believe that the owner of a smartphone should have the freedom to choose how to use it,” European Commission spokesperson Johannes Bahrke told The Verge at the time. “This freedom includes being able to opt for alternative sources of apps on your smartphone. The [Digital Markets Act]A smartphone owner could still use the safe and secure default app store to access their apps. On top of that, if a user so chooses, the DMA would allow a smartphone owner to also opt for other safe app stores.”

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