Elon Musk says Twitter will comply with EU content rules after takeover

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Elon Musk has said Twitter Inc. will comply with European Union content rules if it completes its proposed takeover, despite its plans to ease restrictions on the network.

After meeting Musk in Texas on Monday, Thierry Breton, EU internal market commissioner, said he and the CEO of Tesla Inc. agree on everything.

“To tell you the truth, there was definitely no disagreement — none,” Breton told Bloomberg in an interview.

Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, criticized Twitter’s content moderation policies. He has a deal to buy the network for $44 billion, saying he will focus on “free speech” values. Breton previously warned that Twitter, even after a change in ownership, would have to comply with new EU digital content rules.

The European Union passed the Digital Services Act last month, aimed at forcing tech platforms to better control content. The rules primarily focus on removing illegal content such as terrorist posts and hate speech, but could also affect tech companies’ algorithms for downgrading harmful posts, such as posts that harass others or promote unrest. food.

Musk is aligned with the EU, particularly on the idea of ​​making algorithms more transparent and requiring companies to have consistent rules around banning people from platforms.

“I agree with everything you said, really,” Musk said in a video message after the two met in Texas on Monday. “I think we are on the same line.”

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