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The European Union threatens to ban Twitter if Elon Musk does not improve his moderation policy

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According to the Financial Times, the EU has issued a warning to Twitter owner Elon Musk, telling him that the platform will be banned if it does not strengthen its moderation policies and abandon its “arbitrary” approach to bringing back banned users.

Highlights

  • Thierry Breton, the European Union’s chief digital enforcement officer, told Musk on Wednesday that Twitter risks breaching the Digital Services Act, which requires social media platforms to remove hate speech, and to ban ads that target people based on their political beliefs.
  • Breton also said Musk must agree to a “thorough independent audit” of the platform, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the discussions between the two parties.
  • Musk reportedly responded by calling the Digital Services Act “very reasonable,” and promising that Twitter’s policies will comply with applicable laws.
  • EU officials have also expressed concern about how Twitter will enforce its policies after Musk laid off about half of the workforce, according to the Financial Times.
  • Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

main context

Musk indicated that he would reinstate nearly all banned Twitter accounts, including those suspended for hate speech, after a Twitter poll last week in which 72.4% of respondents favored a “blanket pardon for suspended accounts.” The poll came days after Musk reactivated Donald Trump’s account following a similar poll, in which less than 52% of respondents supported the move. Twitter’s reentry policies have changed several times since Mr. Musk took over as CEO in October. He had initially promised that an “independent oversight board” would meet before allowing the accounts back in, but later scrapped that idea. Musk says hate speech is now allowed on Twitter, but hateful posts will be demonized and not promoted, in line with what he calls a “free speech, but no access” approach. Last week, Twitter also removed its Covid-19 misinformation control policy.

to monitor

The Digital Services Act also allows the EU to impose a fine of up to 6% of a tech company’s annual sales if it chooses not to impose a fine.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Nicholas Rayman

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