WIRED: Ukraine War Prompts Europe’s New Emergency Rules for the Internet


The Digital Services Act has granted the European Commission unprecedented power over tech companies in times of war.

The Digital Services Act has granted the European Commission unprecedented power over tech companies in times of war.

Prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it will give authorities in the bloc significant influence over how major tech platforms with more than 45 million EU users, such as Facebook Meta, TikTok, and Amazon are run during pandemics and wars.

“It was agreed that when a crisis occurs, such as a public security or health threat, the Commission may require very large platforms to limit any urgent threats on its platforms,” says Henna Virkkunen, a Finnish member of European Parliament (MEP) from the European People’s Party, who took part in the negotiations.

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