Elon Musk, who closed the deal to buy Twitter, said on Monday that he fully agrees with the new European rules for regulating social networks, despite the apparent contradiction between his vision and the new law.
The head of Tesla spoke after EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton visited his car factory in Austin, Texas.
“I agree with everything you said, really I think we are on the same wavelength,” the multibillionaire said in a video posted on Twitter by a senior European official.
Thierry Breton said he explained to Elon Musk what the Digital Services Act (DSA) consists of, which will force the main platforms to better deal with illegal content.
“I think it fits very well with what you want to do with the platform,” he says with a big smile.
The richest man in the world has decided to buy Twitter to make it a private company, not listed on the stock exchange.
In the end, the board of directors accepted his proposal, despite the reluctance of executives, employees and many non-governmental organizations who fear that Elon Musk will allow disinformation and hate messages to thrive.
Because the eccentric entrepreneur wants to make the social network a bastion of free speech, which he sees as being trampled on by overly strict content moderation.
In late April, Thierry Breton told AFP that Twitter “must fully adapt to European rules” regardless of Elon Musk’s focus on freedom of expression.
“Whether it’s online harassment, the sale of counterfeit products, child pornography, calls for terrorist acts, Twitter will have to adapt to our European rules, which are not in the US,” the commissioner insisted.