EU Puts Elon Musk On Notice Over Free Speech Plans For Twitter

EU commissioner Thierry Breton told the Financial Times that Musk must follow rules on moderating illegal and harmful content online, since words have been elevated to ‘sticks & stones’ when it comes to the dangers of modern life.

“We welcome everyone. We are open but on our conditions. At least we know what to tell him: Elon, there are rules. You are welcome but these are our rules. It’s not your rules which will apply here,” said Breton.

Musk’s take-private deal for Twitter could transform the Tesla chief executive, who has used the platform to attack regulators and critics, into a social media baron, given that millions of people rely on the San Francisco-based platform for news.

He said on Monday that “free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy” and described Twitter as “the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated”. -FT

Breton’s comments come just days after Brussels signed a major piece of legislation targeting big tech for not doing enough to police content online, which runs counter to Musk’s plan to loosen Twitter’s content moderation policies to match his stated “free speech absolutist” ideology that could even see the return of former President Donald Trump to the platform (despite Trump’s insistence he won’t be back).

According to Breton, he’s simply offering Musk a “reality check” over plans for less stringent moderation, as a lack of compliance risks a ban in Europe.

“Anyone who wants to benefit from this market will have to fulfill our rules. The board [of Twitter] will have to make sure that if it operates in Europe it will have to fulfill the obligations, including moderation, open algorithms, freedom of speech, transparency in rules, obligations to comply with our own rules for hate speech, revenge porn [and] harassment,” said Breton, adding “If [Twitter] does not comply with our law, there are sanctions — 6 per cent of the revenue and, if they continue, banned from operating in Europe.

**By Tyler Durden


4 Replies to “EU Puts Elon Musk On Notice Over Free Speech Plans For Twitter”

  1. Mikkel Kaastrup

    Most people who live within the borders of the EU do NOT agree with most of the policies of the EU Commissioners. Ursula von der Leyen, the chairwoman, is especially despised (and rightly so). It appears to me that most of the EU commission and the EU parliament is controlled by “the deep state”. So – the parallels between the Washington establishment in the USA and the EU establishment in Bruxelles are very clear.
    Certainly, the sick controllers of the EU commissioners and the Biden regime (for they are the same) want to control all online communication. It’s just that their intents and methods are by now very very obvious to those who can think, and even if they succeed in imposing more censorship (which I doubt) if will only galvanize more people to resist them.

  2. Mondexmomma

    Europe just needs to be e communicated from the rest of the world. After all this is where all the NWO started the 1871 act started the world theft started. Sad the America’s government got involved. Hopefully her people can turn that country around and little Europe will be alone once again.

    1. P.S.

      I suspect that in the next few years, the entire planet will be configured very differently. For the good.