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Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, in her office in Brussels in February. Photo by Bloomberg

How New European Rules Could Affect Amazon, Google and Other Tech Icons

By  |  Dec. 15, 2020 1:31 AM PST
Photo: Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, in her office in Brussels in February. Photo by Bloomberg

Europe has big plans for policing bad behavior by Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and others with faster enforcement, new rules to prevent the spread of illegal material on their platforms and stiff fines for more kinds of violations.

Later today, the European Commission—the executive branch of the European Union—plans to unveil those long-awaited plans, which aim to update its competition and content regulations for the current era of digital powerhouses. As part of the new proposals, the commission will designate a list of powerful companies as gatekeepers. These will face the strictest guidelines regarding how they do business and report to regulators. The Information below outlines the impact the new regulations could have on six tech companies based on what we know so far through drafts of the regulations.

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