Twitter has withdrawn from a voluntary EU agreement to combat misinformation online. In a tweet I spotted Thierry Breton, the bloc’s internal market commissioner, said Twitter had withdrawn from the EU “against disinformation”. “You can run but you can’t hide. Our teams are ready to roll,” Breton said, referring to the EU. From August 25, the DSA will require “very large online platforms” such as Twitter to be more proactive with content moderation.
Twitter leaves the EU’s voluntary code of practice against misinformation.
But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide.
Besides the voluntary commitments, combating disinformation will be a legal obligation under it #DSA As of August 25th.
Our teams will be ready to execute.
– Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) May 26, 2023
Twitter does not operate a communications department that Engadget can contact for comment. Before Elon Musk’s takeover last October, Twitter signed up to the European Union’s Code of Practice against Misinformation in 2018, along with companies like Meta Inc., Google, and Facebook subsidiary TikTok. While the Code is voluntary, an EU that sticks to the agreement would be considered to be in compliance with the DSA. like Techcrunch He notes that Twitter’s decision to pull out of the deal just three months before the European Union began imposing DSAs appears to indicate the company’s plans to circumvent the bloc’s rules on content moderation.
However, ignoring the DSA could turn into an expensive fight for Twitter and Elon Musk. The legislation allows EU officials to impose penalties of up to 10 percent of global annual turnover for infractions, with potential fines of up to 20 percent of worldwide turnover for repeated non-compliance. The European Commission also said that repeated non-compliance could lead to the EU blocking access to offending services.