US billionaire Elon Musk has assured Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton that he intends to bring Twitter into compliance with new European rules on digital services. “I think we’re on the same wavelength,” Musk said in an adorable video Britton posted on Twitter.
Britton met Musk at the Tesla production site ahead of European-US negotiations for coordinated regulation of the digital industry.
Musk’s decision to acquire Twitter has raised concerns in the European Union about compliance with rules regarding disinformation and harmful content. Musk suggested, among other things, that Twitter does not consider freedom of expression high enough, in his opinion.
“Every company active in Europe must follow our rules, it’s that simple,” Breton said resolutely in an interview with dpa in April. DPA† Britton cited the Digital Services Act (DSA), new legislation approved by European member states and the European Parliament last month that would 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 annual global sales.
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