Twitter’s new boss Elon Musk continues to stir up controversy, from firing most of the company’s employees to tampering with key features and restoring banned accounts. The billionaire is now facing EU regulatory authorities.
Musk has said repeatedly that his mission on Twitter is to maximize freedom of expression. He seems to be looking for new solutions to very old problems by changing almost everything that happens behind the scenes. This put the EU industry chief at odds with him.
The second warning of the block
During a video conference, EU industry chief Thierry Breton threatened the social media platform with a ban if Musk did not comply with its strict content moderation rules. According to a report by the Financial Times, Bretton has asked Musk to drop an “arbitrary” method of getting banned users back and pursue a “thorough independent review” of the platform by next year.
After the meeting, Bretton said he welcomed Musk’s statements of intent to make Twitter 2.0 DSA-ready, but believes the platform has “tremendous work ahead” of meeting its obligations under the Digital Services Act — which happens to be Europe’s new platform regulation.
“But let’s also be clear that there is still a lot of work ahead. Twitter will need to implement transparent user policies, significantly strengthen content moderation and protection of free expression, resolutely tackle disinformation and limit targeted advertising.”
Notably, this isn’t Breton’s first warning shot toward Musk due to his erratic Twitter experience since taking office last month. Earlier, the EU commissioner for the single market urged the controversial businessman to comply with the bloc’s leading rules against hate speech and misinformation online. Even the European Commission’s chief justice, Didier Reynders, has echoed similar concerns.
However, Musk has agreed to allow EU officials to “stress test” the social networking site for DSA compliance in early 2023. In the meantime, Twitter will have “ample” time to make the changes needed to meet regulatory obligations, Brenton noted.
The war with apples: a risky maneuver?
After a turbulent month at the top of Twitter, Musk has declared war on Apple Inc. He kicked off the week by calling the iPhone maker to allegedly pull its Twitter ads and threatening to ban the social network from Apple’s App Store.
Among the new Twitter features rolled out on November 9 was Musk’s ambitious vision to make the platform less reliant on ads by steering users toward the blue subscription service. But advertising services generated nearly 90% of its $5.1 billion in revenue last year. And a big part came from Apple, which has historically relied heavily on Twitter.
in a series of TweetsGiving credit to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Musk questioned whether the company had “freedom of speech” and whether it would go after Tesla, his electric car company.
Fast forward to Wednesday, the Twitter owner revealed a meeting with Cook that “resolved the misunderstanding.” Is also He saidAnd the
“Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding that Twitter could potentially be removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing that.”
Musk, who also runs Tesla and SpaceX, has revealed his plan to make a replacement phone if the Apple and Google app stores remove the Twitter app.
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