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UK Parliament asks Elon Musk to testify on Twitter’s intentions

LONDON (AP) – A British parliamentary committee examining a draft online security law has invited Elon Musk to discuss his plans to buy Twitter and proposed changes to the social media platform.

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Parliament’s digital committee on Wednesday asked the Tesla CEO to provide “more in-depth” evidence of his proposals.

Musk said it was too early to respond.

“I am honored and thank Parliament for their invitation, but it is too early to accept at this time, given that there has not yet been a shareholder vote,” he said in an email to the Associated Press. Said in an email to the press.

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The committee said it is interested in Musk’s plans, in particular his intention to introduce verification for all users, echoing its recommendations to the UK government.

Musk has said he wants Twitter to “certify all humans”, a vague proposition that may be related to his desire to rid the website of automated spam accounts.

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The UK government’s online security bill, which is being scrutinized by lawmakers in parliament, would give regulators broad powers to crack down on digital and social media companies.

The bill’s measures aimed at combating online abuse require the largest platforms to allow users to verify their identities and not interact with unverified users.

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“At a time when social media companies are facing the prospect of tighter regulations around the world, we’re interested to learn more about how Mr. Musk can protect Twitter users from harm online with new obligations to free speech.” will balance our clear commitment to Committee chairman Julian Knight said.

This is not the first time the committee has invited a technical boss to testify. In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined an invitation to answer questions as part of an investigation into fake news.

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