A top European Union official has blasted Twitter after Elon Musk warned it must “fly by our rules”. Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for the internal market, took to social media to respond to Mr Musk’s announcement that the “bird was set free”, insisting it still had to abide by the group’s rules on content.
Mr Breton said on Twitter: “In Europe, the bird flies by our rules.”
He also mentioned the bloc’s Digital Services Act, which requires providers of digital services to take swift action against illegal online content such as hate speech, and was linked to a video of a meeting between him and Mr Musk in May.
The clip shows Mr Breton telling Mr Musk: “I’m happy to explain to you about TSA, a new regulation in Europe.”
The Tesla CEO and new owner of the social media giant responded: “I agree with everything you said.”
However, GB News presenter and former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said the EU’s “arrogance knows no bounds” after Mr Breton’s comments.
Henry Bolton OBE, former Ukip leader, also said on Twitter: “The cutting arrogance of this tweet by Thierry Breton is characteristic of the worldview of the EU leadership.
“They think they are superior to mere mortals. 17.4 million of us should thank our lucky stars that we saw the sense to leave.
“Now let’s take advantage of it.”
Russian writer Nina Byzantina added on Twitter: “I love when Eurocrats admit they are tinpot dictators and teach democracy to people outside their little ‘garden’ something, anything.”
Tom Fitton, head of Justice Watch in the US, added: “A left-wing French EU bureaucracy, angry at the possibility of more free speech, is threatening the US establishment.
“Because the Biden administration also hates the First Amendment, Congress must step up next year to protect Americans’ rights.”
An EU politician also spoke with Dutch MEP Rob Roos from the JA21 party: “I was a negotiator on this DSA file and I opposed the final agreement.
“Too much power for Big Tech is dangerous. But too much power is bad for government technologists.
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After Mr Musk took over Twitter, he fired Twitter chief executive Barak Agarwal, chief financial officer Ned Segal and head of legal affairs and policy Vijaya Khade.
He had accused Twitter of misleading him and investors over the number of fake accounts on the platform.
Mr Aggarwal and Mr Sehgal were at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters when the deal closed and left, the sources said.
Mr Musk announced on Friday that he would create a new “Content Blocking Council” to bring together “diverse views” on the issue.
He said: “No major content decisions or account restructuring will happen before the council convenes.”
European Parliament lawmaker and civil rights advocate Patrick Breyer suggested that people should look for alternatives that prioritize privacy.
He added: “Twitter already knows our personalities dangerously well thanks to the pervasive tracking of our every click.
“Now this knowledge will fall into Musk’s hands.”
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