One of the main premises of Elon Musk after taking over Twitter was to indicate that “the bird is now released” and that its internal regime will allow fewer regulations.
However, the European Union did not take long to respond to the new boss of the social network, warning that the situation in its territory will not be so autonomous.
The Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, Thierry Breton, was in charge of reminding him who is boss on the other side of the Atlantic. “In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules,” he wrote.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) October 28, 2022
In the EU countries, the Digital Services Law empowers their authorities to supervise the technology companies. Among other issues, they can require companies to moderate content and determine its legality.
“If Musk fails to deliver, Twitter will face fines of up to 6 percent of annual sales and even (the social network) could be banned, ”said Reuters. Previously, Breton warned that the freedom of expression that Musk professes must comply with community regulations.
In addition, it will require these companies to be more transparent in the operation of the algorithms that determine what each user sees on the network, based on their profile.
Asked if the European Commission will continue to use Twitter despite Musk’s arrival and his first decisions in the company, the chief spokesman for the Community Executive, Eric Mamer, stated that Brussels will continue to use the social network for its “effectiveness in reaching the public ».