EU Watchdog Warns Musk Of Requirements For Twitter
EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told the Financial Times that the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, who has agreed to buy a 100 percent share in Twitter, should be aware that the social network is subject to EU obligations to filter illegal and dangerous content on the internet.
« Everyone is welcome. We are available, but only on our terms, » he stated. Breton emphasized that at the very least, Brussels understands what to say to the billionaire: « There are regulations, Elon. You are invited to come in, but here are the ground rules. And they, not your rules, will apply here. »
Musk recommended a variety of improvements to Twitter, including more liberal content moderation, and the EU commissioner said his comment should be taken as a « reality check » for Musk.
Breton emphasized that Twitter must adhere to EU regulations or face heavy fines or perhaps a ban. « There will be fines if [Musk] does not comply with our law – 6% of income – and if [violations] continue, he will be prohibited from operating in Europe, » he stated.
According to the Financial Times, Breton played a key role in drafting the new Digital Services Act (DSA), the text of which was approved by EU legislators. Brussels created the document in response to IT companies’ failure to tackle disinformation, extremism, and unlawful content on their platforms. The new restrictions might go into effect in 2024, with corporations facing fines of up to 6% of their annual global revenues.