TThis is why I hate when governments get involved with stuff like this. They get looney and come with a iron fist solution thus the cure ends up being worse then the problem. Many nations are now proposing more taxes and regulations for internet businesses with New Zealand being the latest. Oddly they all picked the same moment in time to do this. Part of the reason I'm sure is that governments are desparate for money since they have no real answers for keeping their countries prosperous and in good financial standings. It's always find new ways of taxing when problems occur rather than figure out how to make the overall pie bigger/increase their nations true wealth as populations grow. Governments really don't have good answers for generating more national wealth and no real answers on how to make flawed ideologies and flawed economic systems work, it's always more taxes and more regulations. We the citizens are headed for some serious financial slavery and are already in it to some degree it's just gonna get worse. Big Tech are the latest to be targeted and demonized and they deserve some of it but there is a far far bigger problem that is hidden in plain sight and that is the poor financial health of the world and bad leadership that tries to compensate for it with predatory practices on whatever group they choose to demonize at the time. This true problem is far bigger than Big Tech. Politicians don't want us focusing on their bad leadership and the riddle wich is national debt so they create scapegoats. Sadly people look away soon as they hear the word free .
The internet has done well and really has thrived because most governments of the world had agreed to keep a hands off approach but it looks like that agreement is quickly unraveling due to desperation for money, politics, etc. The world's economy is slowing down right now and the credit debt of its governments and people is rapidly growing; a big bubble that will naturally pop at some point. Our economy is doing well here in the US and it's I think the only one doing well out of the major economies, but our national debt still has hit $22-trillion for government and many trillions for citizens due to college loans, house financing, car financing, etc. It's like watching a car crash in slow motion.