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EU sets new online rules for Google, Meta to curb illegal content

Tech giants that break new rules will face hefty fines

The Digital Markets Act could force Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft to change their core business practices in Europe.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Alphabet unit Google, Meta and other large online platforms will have to do more to tackle illegal content or risk hefty fines under new internet rules agreed between European Union countries and EU lawmakers on Saturday.

The agreement came after more than 16 hours of negotiations. The Digital Services Act (DSA) is the second prong of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager's strategy to rein in Alphabet unit Google, Meta and other U.S. tech giants.

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