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Google, Meta play Ireland card to win legal battle to rein in EU rulemakers

Firms behind Google, Facebook and Tiktok pointed to their Dublin HQs in their fight against Austrian content law

Meta Ireland officially opened its new office in Ballsbridge, Dublin last month. Picture: Naoise Culhane

Alphabet’s Google, Meta Platforms and ByteDance’s TikTok won a ruling at the European Union’s top court that limits the scope for EU nations to pepper them with their own local rules.

The trio have been fighting an Austrian law that went into effect in 2021, forcing communications platforms to vet illegal online content on their platforms, or risk fines of as much as €10 million.

They argued the law can’t apply to them, given their ...