LONDON ( Associated Press) – Self-proclaimed free-speech champion Elon Musk’s unrestricted new version of Twitter could violate new rules in Europe, where officials warn the social network must comply with some of the world’s toughest anti-criminal laws. Have to do toxic material.
While the new digital rules will likely make Europe a leader in cracking down on Musk’s vision platform, the 27-nation bloc will have its own problems forcing Twitter and other internet companies to follow. The law only comes into full force in 2024 and EU officials are looking to get enough staff to hold big tech companies to account.
The comprehensive set of rules known as the Digital Services Act seeks to hold search engines and platforms more accountable for hate speech, scams, misinformation and other illegal and harmful content. They will take effect in mid-2023 for the biggest companies such as Google, Facebook and TikTok and will be extended to all digital services the following year.
Those rules would conflict with the changes Musk introduced to Twitter. This week it abruptly fired a group of consultants dealing with issues such as hate speech, child abuse and suicide, cut staff by half and issued conflicting rulings on content moderation.
“A lot can change in six months, but it seems certain that Twitter will be Europe’s first major test in terms of implementing the Digital Services Act,” said John Albert of Algorithmwatch, a Berlin-based NGO. Services, investigation and protection of rights.
Musk promotes “free speech, not free access” and says he wants to cut down on hate and negative messages. Tesla’s billionaire CEO sees the blockchain’s rules as “a sensible concept to implement globally,” EU digital policy chief Thierry Breton said days ago after a video call with Musk.
Other jurisdictions lag far behind Europe. In the United States, Silicon Valley lobbyists have been largely successful in stalling federal lawmakers, who are politically divided over competition, online privacy, misinformation and other issues. Britain is drafting its own online safety act, but it has been hammered out and there is no telling when it will be passed.