Social networks: Elon Musk “on the same wavelength” as the EU for moderation


The American billionaire declared himself in agreement with the European Union on the new rules on the regulation of social networks.

The boss of Tesla was speaking after a visit by European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton.

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Elon Musk, who has made a deal to buy Twitter, said on Monday he fully agrees with the new European rules on the regulation of social networks, despite the apparent contradiction between his vision and the new law.

The Tesla boss was speaking after EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton visited his car factory in Austin, Texas. “I agree with everything you said, really, I think we are on the same wavelength,” said the multi-billionaire in a video posted on Twitter by the senior 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 says 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.

At the end of April, Thierry Breton declared to AFP that Twitter “should fully adapt to European rules” whatever Elon Musk’s orientations in terms of freedom of expression “Whether it is on online harassment, 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”, had insisted the commissioner.


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