Twitter appears to continue to violate EU misinformation restrictions. French Digital Minister Jean-Noël Barrot recently tweeted about the necessity of following guidelines to combat social media fake news.
Barrot’s comments follow Twitter’s withdrawal from the voluntary code for big tech businesses like Elon Musk’s. Meta, Alphabet, and Microsoft also follow a code to fulfill their tech behemoth commitments. In August, European Union enterprises must comply with the Digital Services Act.
“Disinformation is one of the gravest threats weighing on our democracies,” the Digital Minister told France Info. Twitter will be banned from the EU if it continually violates our rules.” Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market, tweeted, “Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation. Obligations persist. Run but don’t hide.”
Musk has promoted openness and free speech since acquiring Twitter. The tech billionaire’s anti-disinformation plan has yet to take effect. Musk has not addressed the EU Twitter ban.
Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation.
But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide.
Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be legal obligation under #DSA as of August 25.
Our teams will be ready for enforcement.
— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) May 26, 2023