US billionaire Elon Musk has assured European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton that he intends to make Twitter comply with new European rules on digital services. “I think we’re on the same wavelength,” Musk said in a remarkable video Breton posted on Twitter.
Breton met Musk at a Tesla manufacturing site ahead of European-US negotiations for coordinated regulation of the digital industry.
Musk’s decision to take over Twitter had raised concerns in the EU over compliance with rules around disinformation and harmful content, when the company goes public and falls into the hands of one man. Musk suggested, among other things, that Twitter, in his opinion, does not consider freedom of expression high enough.
“Every company that is active in Europe has to follow our rules, it’s that simple,” Breton had firmly responded in April in an interview with the German news agency dpa. Breton referred to the Digital Services Act (DSA), new legislation agreed by European member states and the European Parliament last month that will force internet platforms to remove hate speech and other illegal content more quickly.
Companies that fail to comply with the new regulations face fines of up to 6 percent of their global annual turnover.(belga)