This near civil war in the US makes one thing very clear: the rest of the world, or at least Europe, is far too dependent on US internet platforms.
Civil unrest in any country always has some effect. But where civil unrest in, say, Haiti, is a byline, civil unrest in the US turns into hampering our (non-US) ability to interact and communicate.
Because it is so US-centric, surpressing or censoring of local US interaction and communication affects us too: the 'innocent', European, bystanders.
@berkes Exactly. Maybe not directly related, but the top 50 biggest tech companies worldwide contain just one European company, and I already forgot which one.
@Supreem Spotify, Skype, King, Deliveroo, Takeway.com, Booking.com, Aliexpress, Adyen, Tencent, Lenovo, Samsung, Huawei?
It is bad, but not *that* bad.
Sure, many non-US tech giants don't operate in the US (or are small or unknown there), but are big elsewhere; so from a US perspective it may seem it is only-us, but it is not. Dominant, dependent or intertwined: yes. US-only: not yet.
@Supreem The "intertwined"-issue becomes more important if you look at the tech-stack behind those non-US tech giants.
Nearly all of them rely on some US-platform for critical operations: app-stores (king), OS (samsung, lenovo, huawei), hosting (on AWS) or payment (creditcard providers).
So while there are non-US alternatives, there's always a US-company on which they rely for critical pieces.
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