The European Union reiterated its rules that were designed to regulate illegal content on social media platforms on Tuesday. However, the alliance refused to directly address Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover deal.
The reminder from the European Union came nearly two days after Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter was accepted by the company’s board of directors. The deal was roughly worth $44 billion.
Thierry Breton, the internal market chief of the European Union, told Reuters in a statement on Tuesday, “It will be up to Twitter to adapt themselves … to our rules.”
“I think Elon Musk knows Europe very well. He knows very well that we have some rules for the automotive industry … and he understands that. So in Europe, in order to protect freedom of speech and to protect individuals, any companies will have to fulfill this obligation”, Breton’s statement to Reuters added.
In a separate statement to AFP, Breton said that the social media platform will have to adapt to international regulations that are not in place in the United States. The European Union official spoke about issues like child pornography, posts promoting terrorism and the sale of counterfeit products.
Musk previously called himself a “free speech absolutist“, triggering international concerns about a possible increase in the spread of misinformation, propaganda and hate messages.
According to AFP reports citing the European Union official, Elon Musk’s Twitter may have the Digital Services Act. The European Union legislation reportedly rolls out tough consequences for online platforms that allow posting unfriendly content.
A day after his deal with Twitter was announced, Musk hushed his critics and clarified his position on “free speech.” The Tesla CEO wrote, “By ‘free speech’, I simply mean that which matches the law. I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.”