Billionaire Elon Musk and EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton met on Monday to discuss new EU rules on content moderation.
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 boss of Tesla was speaking after a visit of the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, to 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)who 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.
“Whether it’s online harassment, the sale of counterfeit products (…), Twitter will have to adapt to our European regulations which do not exist in the United States.”
The board of directors ended up accepting his offer, despite the reluctance of managers, employees and many NGOs, who fear Elon Musk is letting misinformation and hateful messages 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” regardless of Elon Musk’s free speech orientations.
“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. .