Amid fears that Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and his stance as a “free speech absolutist” could turn it into a platform for hate speech, Thierry Breton, the commissioner for internal market of the European Union, has weighed in.
Responding to Musk’s tweet, he said: “In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules.”
He used the the hashtag DSA – a reference to the Digital Services Act, one of two new packages of EU legislation designed to tighten regulation of social media.
Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister and lead Brexit negotiator for the EU, now leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament, says: “So one man @elonmusk now owns the biggest debate in the world… The need for rules and accountability is bigger than ever ! Self-regulation in social media has never worked… even with lesser characters than his”