Twitter must comply with EU rules on content moderation and other online policies, French President Emmanuel Macron told Elon Musk at a meeting on Friday.
“Transparent user policies, significant strengthening of content moderation and protection of freedom of expression: Twitter must strive to comply with European regulations,” Macron said. said after what he called a “clear and honest discussion” with Twitter’s US CEO
Twitter’s decision to stop enforcing its COVID-19 disinformation policy has come under fire in the EU.
Earlier this week, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton warned Musk that EU rules require platforms to moderate content, tackle disinformation and have transparent user policies, and that Twitter risks EU sanctions if it fails to comply.
Věra Jourová, the European Commission’s Vice-President for Values and Transparency, meanwhile, said Twitter’s policy changes had caught Brussels’ attention: “In my opinion, Twitter is now jumping to the front of the regulators’ queue,” she told POLITICO.
Twitter’s policy changes are “a big deal,” Macron said in a Thursday interview on Good Morning America, adding, “What I’m very much pushing for is the exact opposite: more regulation.”
“Freedom of speech and democracy are based on respect and public order. You can demonstrate, you can have freedom of speech, you can write whatever you want, but there are responsibilities and limits,” he argued.
Musk told Macron that Twitter would follow the Christchurch Call, which aims to limit the spread of terrorist material on the internet, and would work together to improve the online protection of children, the French president said after their meeting.