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Musk at Twitter has ‘huge work’ ahead to comply with EU rules, warns bloc

Summary

This article discusses the potential consequences for Twitter if it does not comply with the European Union's Digital Services Act. The act, which goes into effect in February 2021, requires social media platforms to take measures to prevent the spread of misinformation and to protect users' freedom of speech. Twitter has already been facing criticism for its decision to stop enforcing its policy against misleading information about COVID-19. If the EU finds that Twitter is not in compliance with the act, it could face penalties of up to 6% of its annual revenue.

Q&As

What are the EU's new governance rules for digital services?
The EU's new governance rules for digital services are the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

How has Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter affected the site?
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the site has seen a number of changes, including the firing of the top team, the reversal of the ban on former US President Donald Trump's account, and the suggestion of an amnesty for accounts that have been suspended for violating Twitter policies. There has also been a stream of users leaving the platform for other social media sites.

What are the consequences of not complying with the EU's Digital Services Act?
The consequences of not complying with the EU's Digital Services Act include penalties of up to 6% of global annual turnover.

What does the EU's assessment of Twitter's compliance with the DSA mean for the platform?
The EU's assessment of Twitter's compliance with the DSA means that the platform has a lot of work to do in order to meet the requirements of the regulation.

What is the EU's plan for testing Twitter's compliance with the DSA?
The EU's plan for testing Twitter's compliance with the DSA is to carry out a stress test at the company's headquarters in early 2023.

AI Comments

👍 I'm glad to see that Musk is taking Twitter's compliance with EU rules seriously. It's important for a platform like Twitter to be held accountable for the content that is posted on it.

👎 I think it's ridiculous that the EU is trying to regulate what can and can't be said on Twitter. This is a clear violation of free speech.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how the EU is saying that Elon Musk has a lot of work to do to make Twitter comply with EU rules.

Friend: That's interesting. I didn't know that there were rules that Twitter had to comply with.

Me: Yeah, there are a lot of rules that platforms have to follow now. The EU is really cracking down on them.

Friend: I see. Well, it makes sense that they would have to follow the rules if they want to operate in the EU.

Me: Yeah, and it sounds like Musk is just ignoring the rules and doing whatever he wants.

Friend: That's not surprising. He's always been kind of a loose cannon.

Me: Yeah, but now he could get fined up to 6% of Twitter's annual revenue if he doesn't shape up.

Friend: That's a lot of money. I wonder if he'll take the EU seriously now.

Action items

Technical terms

Digital Services Act (DSA)
A European Union regulation that sets out governance rules for digital services.
Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPs)
Online platforms that are designated by the EU as being subject to additional obligations under the Digital Services Act, including the need to assess and mitigate risks on their platforms.
Content Moderation
The process of reviewing and removing content that violates a platform's terms of service or other policies.
Disinformation
False or misleading information that is spread deliberately to deceive people.
Brand Safety
The extent to which a platform can be trusted to not host offensive or harmful content that could damage a company's reputation.

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