The EU issued a threat to Musk, reminding him that his ‘rules’ will not apply in their territory, as new Twitter owner Elon Musk highlighted that censorship fanatics had shown a “extreme antibody reaction” to the thought of free expression returning to the network.
Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for the internal market, stated in an interview with The Financial Times that Musk’s Twitter will be compelled to comply with EU digital standards or face large fines and even a ban across the union.
“We welcome everyone. We are open but on our conditions,” Breton declared. “At least we know what to tell him: ‘Elon, there are rules. You are welcome but these are our rules. It’s not your rules which will apply here,’” the EU commissioner added.
“Anyone who wants to benefit from this market will have to fulfill our rules,” Breton continued. “The [Twitter] board will have to make sure that if it operates in Europe it will have to fulfill the obligations, including moderation, open algorithms, freedom of speech, transparency in rules, obligations to comply with our own rules for hate speech, revenge porn [and] harassment.”
“If [Twitter] does not comply with our law,” Breton warned, “there are sanctions — 6 per cent of the revenue and, if they continue, banned from operating in Europe,” he further threatened.
According to the Financial Times, Breton was a key architect of the EU’s Digital Services Act, which will require social media companies to show how they are moderating anything that contradicts the EU narrative on their platforms to unelected EU bureaucrat regulators.