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Elon Musk removes Twitter from EU Code to Combat Disinformation

What To Know

  • Initially joining the voluntary EU Code in 2018, Twitter’s decision to leave coincides with its integration into a new EU law, eliminating the voluntary nature of the commitment.
  • Platforms that do not adhere to the DSA may be prohibited in the EU and subject to heavy fines of up to 6% of their annual global turnover.
  • Elon Musk often defends the presence of falsehoods on the platform by pointing to the Community Notes feature, which allows users to submit corrections for voting.
  • With the deadline set by EU Commissioner Breton, Twitter has until late August to meet the obligations outlined in the DSA.

Elon Musk, the company’s founder, outlined Twitter’s objectives, saying that it should strive to be the most reliable information source on the planet. However, recent developments demonstrate that Twitter has abandoned the voluntary EU Code of Practice against disinformation established by the European Union, even though other social media platforms have ratified it.

Initially joining the voluntary EU Code in 2018, Twitter’s decision to leave coincides with its integration into a new EU law, eliminating the voluntary nature of the commitment.

Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner, confirmed Twitter’s departure by tweeting, “You can run but you can’t hide.” Breton emphasized that combating disinformation will become a legal obligation under the Digital Services Act (DSA), effective from August 25. He assured that the necessary enforcement measures would be in place.

The DSA, referred to by Breton, introduces stringent regulations for 19 “very large online platforms” (VLOPs), including Twitter, Google, Microsoft, TikTok, and Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram.

These platforms are required to mitigate risks such as disinformation, election manipulation, cyber violence against women, and online harm to minors. Platforms that do not adhere to the DSA may be prohibited in the EU and subject to heavy fines of up to 6% of their annual global turnover.

Conspiracy theorists and spreaders of misinformation have returned to Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company. Elon Musk often defends the presence of falsehoods on the platform by pointing to the Community Notes feature, which allows users to submit corrections for voting.

However, even Elon Musk himself has contributed to spreading conspiracy theories to his extensive base of over 140 million followers on Twitter. With the deadline set by EU Commissioner Breton, Twitter has until late August to meet the obligations outlined in the DSA.

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