Billionaire Elon Musk talks to a French broadcaster about respecting EU content moderation rules.
In an interview with French broadcaster France 2 on the sidelines of VivaTech, billionaire Elon Musk confirmed that Twitter will comply with EU laws to combat online disinformation and hate speech.
In an interview dubbed into French by the broadcaster, Musk insisted, “Twitter will follow the law. If laws are passed, Twitter will follow the law.”
This was in response to a question about the European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA), which came into force late last year.
EU law creates obligations for large digital platforms to reduce harm and protect consumer rights.
He qualified, however, that the social media platform he took over last year would not go “beyond the will of the people as expressed by law”.
Musk has served as the company’s CEO since the acquisition but recently named a new chief executive to take over the reins.
Twitter was Named as one of the “Massive Online Platforms” Which will have to follow strict rules under the Digital Services Act from 25 August.
but musk pulled twitter Out of the EU’s anti-disruption code — a series of voluntary commitments to tackle misinformation — made late last month.
European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova said the forum had chosen a “difficult path” and “confrontation” with the EU by doing so.
Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, who announced Twitter’s move to opt out of the voluntary code, said: “You can run but you can’t hide”, adding that fighting disruption caused by digital services in August was a become a “legal liability”. act.
Musk also said in the interview with France 2 that the goal of Twitter was to have “good conversations from many different perspectives” that promote “a better understanding between people of different political parties or different countries”.
“I want Twitter to be a force for good in civilization,” he said.
Musk said he’s not worried about advertisers leaving Twitter, as long as the company doesn’t take advantage of it.
He also claimed that there was “less hate speech” on the, even when interviewer Anne-Sophie Lapieux presented figures that showed the opposite.
The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, in particular, found that the weekly average Number of anti-Semitic tweets Comparing the period before and after Musk’s acquisition, there was a 106% increase.
Meanwhile, Musk declined to confirm whether Tesla would set up a megafactory for electric batteries in France that has been given the go-ahead by the French government, but said Tesla would do significant business in the country.