Following a visit by the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, to his car factory in Austin, Texas, Elon Musk has for the moment decided to keep a low profile with the European Union. The Tesla boss, who has agreed to buy Twitter, said on Monday he fully agrees with new European rules on social media regulation, despite the apparent contradiction between his vision and the new law.
“I agree with everything you said, really, I think we are on the same wavelength,” said Elon Musk in a video posted on Twitter by the top European official. Thierry Breton said he explained to Elon Musk what the Digital Services Act (DSA) consisted of, which will force the major platforms to better fight against illegal content. “I think it fits pretty well with what you want to do with the platform,” he said with a big smile.
The richest man in the world has decided to buy Twitter to make it a private company, not listed on the stock exchange. The board of directors ended up accepting his offer, despite the reluctance of leaders, employees and many NGOs, who fear that Elon Musk will allow misinformation and hate messages to thrive on the platform. Because the whimsical entrepreneur wants to make the social network a bastion of freedom of expression, which he considers flouted by too strict moderation of content.
Twitter “will have to adapt to our European regulations”
At the end of April, Thierry Breton declared that Twitter “should fully adapt to European rules” regardless of Elon Musk’s orientations in terms of freedom of expression. “Whether it is on online harassment, the sale of counterfeit products, child pornography, calls for terrorist acts, Twitter will have to adapt to our European regulations which do not exist in the United States”, insisted the commissioner. .