Elon Musk has been warned he must protect Twitter users from harmful content after he struck a $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant.
The billionaire vowed to relax content restrictions, sparking fears from human rights groups it could lead to a rise in bullying and misinformation.
However, the European Union’s representative for the internal market has warned in a tweet that Musk must abide by the rules and regulations of the commission.
“Be it cars or social media, any company operating in Europe needs to comply with our rules–regardless of their shareholding,” Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for the internal market, tweeted.
“Mr. Musk knows this well. He is familiar with European rules on automotive, and will quickly adapt to the Digital Services Act,” referring to legislation agreed to which require big tech firms to take more responsibility over content that users post online, among other requirements.
The European Union has said its new online rules will overhaul the digital market, including how tech giants operate.
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Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Contributor
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