August 10, 2022
Elon Musk, EU Industry Chief Thierry Breton discuss Digital Services Act ahead of Twitter deal

EU industry chief Thierry Breton met with Tesla boss Elon Musk in Texas on Monday and the two hinted at EU digital media regulation ahead of Musk’s purchase of Twitter.

The meeting comes weeks after the world’s richest man struck a deal to buy the social media company for $44 billion (about Rs 3,40,270 crore) in cash.

In a video with the two men posted by Breton to Twitter, the EU official told Musk that he told Musk about the Digital Services Act. “This fits in very well with what you think we should be doing,” Breton told Musk in a tweet that included the hashtag #DSA.

“I think it absolutely aligns with my thinking,” Musk replied.

The two did not elaborate on the new law, which imposes heavy fines on companies for not controlling illegal content. For example, the rules ban advertising aimed at children or based on religion, gender, caste and political views.

Musk secured a deal to buy Twitter last month with a pledge to revive the company and expand the number of users by cracking down on spam bots and reducing the amount of moderation to facilitate more “free speech.”

The billionaire’s comments prompted a counterattack from Breton that Twitter must comply with new EU rules known as the Digital Services Act to combat illegal online content.

Bretton and Musk were expected to discuss global supply chain issues during an EU official’s visit to Tesla’s new Austin plant.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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