Elon Musk Says Europe’s Social Media Law Should be Applied Worldwide: FT (1)

[Part of a series on the importance of free speech in the climate transition and in the bid for climate justice.]

Dec. 1, 2022 — Note this key unedited section of the Financial Times front-page lead today (Dec. 1):

The EU told Musk that “Twitter must adhere to a checklist of rules, including ditching an “arbitrary” approach to reinstating banned users, pursuing disinformation “aggressively” and agreeing to an “extensive independent audit” of the platform by next year.”

Musk was warned that unless he stuck to those rules Twitter was at risk of infringing the EU’s Digital Services Act, a new law that sets the global standard on how Big Tech must police content on the internet. [Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner in charge of implementing the bloc’s digital rules] reiterated that Twitter could face a Europe-wide ban or fines of up to 6 per cent of global turnover if it breached the law.

Twitter’s owner said repeatedly that he thought the DSA was “very sensible”, according to people briefed on the conversation, adding that he had read the legislation and thought it should be applied all round the world.

Billionaire brothers:

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