EU warns Elon Musk that being too lax on Twitter moderation could get the platform banned in Europe

Elon Musk has been warned by one of the European Union’s top lawmakers over his takeover of Twitter.

On Monday, Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s offer to buy it for $44 billion. The billionaire has stated publicly that his interest in purchasing the social media platform comes from his belief in “free speech.”

Musk has previously defined himself as a “free speech absolutist,” and his comments have left Twitter employees and others wondering whether he will relax the platform’s regulations on what content may remain online.

In comments to The Financial Times, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton warned Musk against becoming too lax in content management.

Breton told The Financial Times that he wanted to provide Musk with a “reality check” on his plans for more relaxed content moderation.

“We welcome everyone. We are open but on our conditions. At least we know what to tell him: ‘Elon, there are rules. You are welcome but these are our rules. It’s not your rules which will apply here,'” Breton told The FT.

Breton was a driving force behind the Digital Services Act, a new package of EU legislation passed on Saturday that imposes stronger rules on how tech giants censor content on their platforms.

He said that Twitter’s board of directors will be required to comply with European Union regulations on topics such as moderation, transparency, and hate speech.

If Twitter fails to comply, the EU could punish the company with 6% of its annual revenue or possibly bar it from operating in Europe entirely, according to Breton.

As well as stipulating how companies police illegal and harmful content, the DSA contains legislation that will force tech companies to open up their algorithms for oversight.

Musk tweeted a month before acquiring the firm that Twitter’s algorithm “needs to be open source” implying that it would be subject to public review.

In a tweet, Breton reiterated his warning to Musk. “Be it cars or social media, any company operating in Europe needs to comply with our rules – regardless of their shareholding,” he said.

“Mr Musk knows this well. He is familiar with European rules on automotive, and will quickly adapt to the Digital Services Act,” he added.

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James Haier
18 days ago

Breton should educate himself about Musk’s position on censorship…the law is the line for acceptance. Simple.

randall hubbard
18 days ago

Guess the European loves one party rule

Jacob Mathew
18 days ago

Damn! Well we don’t want ur speech Breton. It’s hate speech against all people who don’t agree with u.

Puddin' Tane
Reply to  Jacob Mathew
14 days ago

Sounds like your speech.

Puddin' Tane
14 days ago

Sounds like some of these Musk fans think rules just don’t apply to them. They’ll have to get over it.

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