Twitter tumult since Musk takeover
November 24, 2022 - The European Parliament is about to summon Elon Musk to grill him over his takeover of Twitter Inc. European Union lawmakers will discuss the plan in detail in a Thursday (November 24) meeting.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) want Musk to show up in Brussels in person to hear about his plans and remind him of legal compliance with European laws -- especially the newly-adopted Digital Services Act (DSA).
Liberal MEP Sophie in ’t Veld, a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs panel, said she is concerned about giving “free rein” to hate speech, the incitement of hatred and violence, disinformation seeking to influence elections.
“We first want to know: Is he indeed going to play by the rules, to respect European laws? I think we also want to be reassured that Twitter is not going to be, let’s say, a threat to democracy,” the Dutch member of the European Parliament said in an interview on Bloomberg TV.
MEP Christel Schaldemose, chair of the group implementing the DSA, said Twitter could “very well be the case to test DSA for the first time.”
“If the EU is not making sure that DSA rules apply for Twitter, then it would be a failure,” she added.
The DSA allows the European Commission to ask a judge to block Twitter’s use in the European Union.
Twitter could also face fines of up to six per cent of its global turnover -- $304.8 million. Brussels can fine it periodically until violations of DSA regulations stop.
- Inside Elon Musk’s Big Plans for Twitter (New York Times)
- Civil Rights Groups Urge Twitter Ad Boycott Over Trump Return (Bloomberg)
- A timeline of Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter (NBC)
- European Parliament to summon Elon Musk (Politico)
- Factbox: Twitter 2.0: Musk warns of bankruptcy, flip-flops on blue check mark in chaotic start (Reuters)