Elon Musk appeared in a video with Thierry Breton, a prominent EU commissioner and digital regulator, on Monday, appearing to support a major European rule governing social media.
Elon Musk seems to have “merged” with the new European Union law on digital services
When asked if the DSA “fits quite nicely” with Musk’s vision for how platforms should be handled, the billionaire Tesla (TSLA) CEO and potential Twitter owner replied it is “absolutely aligned with [what] we’re thinking.”
In the video, Breton says he met with Musk to go through the details of the Digital Services Act, a new law that will require internet companies to adhere to stricter content control rules.
“Very much agree with — it’s been a great discussion and I really think that — I agree with everything you said, really, I think we’re very much of the same mind and, you know, just anything that my companies can do that would be beneficial to Europe, we want do that,” Musk said in the video.
“Great meeting! We are very much on the same page,” Musk tweeted.
Musk later replied to Breton’s tweet containing the video, reiterating his positive reflections on the exchange.
Despite expressing support for Europe’s new legal requirements, Musk did not appear to be making an expanded new commitment to content moderation. Musk has previously said he wants to open up “free speech” on Twitter by easing its enforcement of content moderation policies, but has also said he plans for the platform to abide by local laws and regulations on speech — and that if citizens wish to apply different rules to platforms, they can do so via their legislatures.
Some experts have warned that such a narrow approach to content moderation — doing just enough to avoid breaking local speech laws but going no further to moderate otherwise objectionable content — could give a boost to authoritarian regimes with a track record of outlawing critical speech.
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