European Union Forces Tech Giants to Increase Censorship

(FILES) A file photo taken on April 24, 2009 shows the European Union flag and national flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. The Nobel Peace Prize was on October 12, 2012 awarded to the European Union, an institution currently wracked by crisis but is credited with bringing more than a half century of peace to a continent ripped apart by World War II. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN

The European Union (EU) has passed the Digital Services Act that will compel tech giants to commit even more Draconian censorship on their social media platforms or face fines and sanctions from bureaucratic overlords.

It should come as no surprise that the EU is using the Russia/Ukraine conflict as a pretense to implement Big Brother restrictions on content, as that has become an excuse for the globalists to commit all sorts of evil.

“In the context of the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the particular impact on the manipulation of online information, a new article has been added to the text introducing a crisis response mechanism,” the EU wrote about enforcement of the Digital Services Act.

“This mechanism will be activated by the Commission on the recommendation of the board of national Digital Services Coordinators. It will make it possible to analyze the impact of the activities of VLOPs and VLOSEs on the crisis in question and decide on proportionate and effective measures to be put in place for the respect of fundamental rights,” they added.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) highlighted many problems with the Digital Services Act in their analysis of the measure prior to its passage.

“If the DSA becomes law, online platforms would be required to hand over sensitive user information to non-judicial authorities at their request,” the EFF wrote.

“Other sections of the bill…still favor the powerful. The text still comes with the option of awarding the status of a “trusted flagger” to law enforcement agencies or profit-seeking industry organizations, whose notices must be given priority over notifications submitted by users,” they continued.

“We also agree with the criticism that centralizing enforcement power in the hands of the EU Commission comes with democratic deficits and could lead to corporate capture. There are further aspects of the committee’s position that require re-working, such as the last-minute approval of mandatory cell phone registration for pornographic content creators, which poses a threat to digital privacy and could risk exposing sensitive information of vulnerable content creators to data leaks,” the EFF added.

This egregious power grab by the EU shows that more alternatives to the Big Tech giants are drastically necessary. Decentralized social media platforms whose users are unable to be tracked and controlled are crucial for free speech to rise out of this digital dark age that is being imposed by technocrats who have zero respect for basic human rights.

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