Elon Musk could be closing Twitter for European users, reports suggest
The end of the social media site being used in Europe could be coming to an end.
Elon Musk is reportedly set to pull Twitter out of a voluntary code of practise is Europe, which has some tech sites suggesting that he could be setting up to remove the social media app and site completely from the continent.
At the moment, there is a voluntary agreement within the EU in regards to clamping down on the sharing on disinformation, but a new law under the Digital Services Act, which is set to come into effect from August 25 this year, will make this voluntary agreement mandatory for large social media sites.
As reported by the Business Insider: "Twitter [is set to pull] out of the European Union's voluntary code of practice regarding online disinformation as the company's owner continues posting content that could be flagged under a forthcoming EU law."
European Commissioner Thierry Breton took to his own social media account to state the following: "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."
Additionally, Euractiv reports the following: "The European Commission has made no secret that it is unhappy with how Twitter has kept up with the voluntary code, which has recently been revised to bring the commitments to fight disinformation to an all-new level.
"In February, the signatories of the code to fight disinformation, which includes all major platforms like Facebook, Google and TikTok, had to submit their first progress report. Twitter stood out for its poor effort in complying with the voluntary commitments and was issued a moral 'yellow card'."
In recent days, Musk tweeted an image with the following accompanying quote: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." However, this quote is actually from neo-Nazi Kevin Strom, who has been convicted twice of possessing child pornography.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2023
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