Elon Musk now owns Twitter however the EU is watching rigorously lest the self-styled “free speech absolutist” flip the social media website right into a platform for hate speech.
After Musk tweeted “the hen is freed,” Inner Market Commissioner Thierry Breton responded with a wave emoji and “In Europe, the hen will fly by our guidelines.”
Musk’s takeover — reported Thursday evening — may have enormous implications for the way forward for the location, particularly if former U.S. President Donald Trump is allowed back on the platform, and if Musk loosens the foundations to forestall the unfold of hate speech and misinformation.
Musk promised Thursday that the platform wouldn’t grow to be “a free-for-all hellscape the place something might be mentioned with no penalties.”
Breton’s tweet was accompanied by the hashtag DSA, a reference to Digital Services Act — which requires suppliers of digital companies to take swift motion towards unlawful on-line content material, resembling hate speech.
The commissioner additionally tweeted a video exhibiting him and Elon Musk in Might after discussing the Digital Companies Act.
Within the clip, Breton tells Musk “I used to be glad to … clarify to you the DSA, a brand new regulation in Europe ” and Musk replies: “I agree with the whole lot you mentioned.”
“That is what he mentioned,” Breton tweeted Friday.