Takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk: the promises of the billionaire to the EU on online content

This Friday, October 28 was officialized the takeover of Twitter, against 44 billion euros, by the billionaire Elon Musk. He assured that he wanted to “pacify” the exchanges on the blue bird platform.

He got involved. Elon Musk, who bought Twitter last week for 44 billion euros, assured the European Commission that Twitter would continue to respect European rules in terms of controlling illegal content online, now that the social network has come under its control. control, we learned on Monday from European sources.

During an exchange last week, the American multi-billionaire told Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, that he intended to comply with European legislation on digital services, which imposes heavy fines on companies demonstrating laxity with regard to illegal content.

“In Europe, the bird will fly according to our European rules”

The self-described free speech absolutist has agreed to meet Thierry Breton, France’s former finance minister, in the coming weeks, EU officials told Reuters. The exchange came after Thierry Breton posted a message on Twitter on Friday reminding Elon Musk of the primacy of new European legislation.

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“In Europe, the bird will fly according to our European rules,” the commissioner said. Elon Musk’s assurances seem to suggest a pragmatic attitude on the part of the chief executive of the car manufacturer Tesla, who has already expressed his wish to see Twitter relax the framework of the content that can be published.

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