Twitter must comply with EU rules, Macron tells Musk – POLITICO

Twitter needs to comply with EU rules on content moderation and other online policies, French President Emmanuel Macron told Elon Musk at a meeting on Friday.

“Transparent user policies, substantial strengthening of content moderation and protection of freedom of expression: Twitter must make efforts to comply with European rules,” Macron said after what he called a “clear and honest discussion” with the head of Twitter in the US

Twitter’s decision to stop enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy has come under fire in the EU.

Earlier this week, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton warned Musk that EU rules require platforms to moderate content, tackle disinformation and have transparent user policies, and that Twitter risks EU sanctions if it fails to comply.

Věra Jourová, the European Commission’s vice president for values ​​and transparency, meanwhile said Twitter’s policy changes had drawn Brussels’ attention: “In my opinion, Twitter is now jumping to the front of the queue of regulators,” she told POLITICO.

Twitter’s policy changes are “a big problem,” Macron said Thursday in a interview on Good Morning America, adding, “What I’m pushing a lot is exactly the opposite: more regulation.”

“Freedom of speech and democracy is based on respect and public order. You can demonstrate, you can have freedom of speech, you can write what you want, but there are responsibilities and limits,” he argued.

Musk told Macron that Twitter would follow the Christchurch Call, which aims to limit the spread of terrorist material on the Internet, and would cooperate to improve the protection of children online, the French president said after their meeting.

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