Twitter chooses to ‘confront’ Brussels over confusing code of conduct

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solo6 June 2023Last Update : 4 months ago
Twitter chooses to ‘confront’ Brussels over confusing code of conduct

Billionaire Elon Musk took over the social media giant last year and has since rolled back various rules on content moderation.

Twitter has chosen to “confront” the European Commission Leaving the EU voluntary code of conduct against online disinformation.

Voluntary Code, launched in 2018, currently has 44 online platforms signed up, with Twitter the only major one to drop it so far.

Vera Jourova, vice president of the organization for values ​​and transparency, told reporters on Monday that the social media giant made the wrong decision.

“We believe this is a mistake on Twitter’s part. Twitter chose the hard path. They chose confrontation,” Jourova said.

“This was very much looked at in the Commission and I know the code is voluntary, but make no mistake, Twitter has attracted a lot of attention by laying down the code and its actions and compliance with EU law is being strictly and urgently scrutinized Will.”

But even though the code of conduct is voluntary, fighting disinformation will become a legal obligation under the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), which comes into force on 25 August this year.

“If Twitter wants to operate in the European market and make money, it has to comply with the Digital Services Act,” Jourova said.

Twitter’s departure will come as no surprise to Brussels, given that it has made it easier to moderate problematic content since billionaire Elon Musk completed his acquisition of the social media company last November.

Jourova said, “A lot of people who work at Twitter have cooperated with us…it’s sad.”

“Twitter was very capable and determined [employees] Who understood that there should be a certain responsibility, a reinforced responsibility on the part of the platforms.”

AI Content Labeling

It also means that, for now, Twitter will not be part of a new voluntary labeling system for generative artificial intelligence content, announced by the European Commission on Monday.

It will be incorporated into the current code of conduct, which aims to help online users more easily identify what has been created by AI, combating disinformation in the process.

“I said many times, that we have the main task to protect freedom of speech, but when it comes to AI production, I don’t see machines have any right to freedom of speech.”

The European Commission wants to roll out an AI labeling system as soon as possible.

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