Regulators in the United States and the European Union are looking more closely at Elon Musk’s newly acquired Twitter due to the change in ownership.
Musk was allegedly threatened with a ban from the European Union unless the social networking site adheres to strict content filtering guidelines.
According to the FT article, which cites anonymous persons familiar with the matter, the EU is suspected of issuing the warning during a video conversation between Musk and Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner overseeing a new Digital Services Act.
This comes as US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen hinted that the Trump administration is investigating Musk’s questionable acquisition of Twitter.
Breton allegedly suggested that Musk stick to the regulations, which might involve clarifying the grounds under which a user may be banned from Twitter. After the launch of Twitter’s new Blue service, numerous famous people were suspended for impersonating actual users, including Musk. Subsequently, Musk declared that account suspensions will follow acts of impersonation. Many of these users, including former president Donald Trump, were reinstated, however, when Musk launched a poll to determine whether or not Trump should be let back on the platform.
Musk must also commit to “aggressively” combating misinformation on Twitter and agree to a “extensive independent assessment” of the network by 2023.
To all appearances, the new Digital Services Act in the European Union (EU) covers the new regulations and sets the bar to which other cyber behemoths must adhere. If Musk violates the aforementioned regulations, Twitter might be blocked across Europe or he could be fined 6% of Twitter’s annual worldwide sales, whichever is greater.
According to those in the know, Musk described the new Digital Service Act (DSA) as “quite rational” many times throughout the call, implying that these restrictions should be adopted worldwide.
In recent months, Twitter has made it clear that it aspires to replace other online community hubs. Aside from these purportedly permanent alterations, Twitter 2.0 also introduced a number of new, stringent restrictions.
Twitter’s Trust & Safety team has stated that they will do all in their power to prevent hate speech, harassment, and other forms of misconduct on the site, even if the new version is supposed to be more focused on experimentation. The platform will continue to employ content monitoring in an effort to identify and remove any offensive material.
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