Twitter May Be Banned in Europe for Disregarding Disinformation Rules
Elon Musk leaves voluntary Code of Practice.
The social media platform was found in non-compliance with the European Union’s disinformation laws, withdrawing from the voluntary system of checks and balances that provide regulations for large tech companies. Peers like Meta and Microsoft would be subject to a mandatory Digital Services Act that would be effective this coming August in the EU.
European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton went so far as to subtly reprimand the tech billionaire, writing on his very own Twitter, “Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation. But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide.”
France’s Digital Minister Jean-Noël Barrot chimed in, sharing with France Info, “Disinformation is one of the gravest threats weighing on our democracies. Twitter, if it repeatedly doesn’t follow our rules, will be banned from the EU.”
Notorious for his pursuit and staunch belief in freedom of expression and subsequently, his hatred of censorship, Musk’s stance is unsurprising.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation.
But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide.
Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be legal obligation under #DSA as of August 25.
Our teams will be ready for enforcement.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) May 26, 2023