Twitter withdraws from EU pact against disinformation

Thierry Breton

The EU Internal Market Commissioner commented on the tech company’s decision on Twitter.

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London According to the Commission, Twitter is withdrawing from an EU agreement to combat disinformation on the Internet. EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton tweeted Friday nightthe social media platform is turning its back on the voluntary code of conduct.

“But obligations remain. You can run, but you can’t hide,” he wrote. Beyond the voluntary commitments, the fight against disinformation will be mandatory under the EU Digital Services Act (DSA) from August 25. “Our teams will be ready to enforce.”

The San Francisco-based company, which was acquired by tech billionaire Elon Musk, responded to press inquiries about the process with an automated response – as in most cases. Twitter did not take a position. Since the acquisition, Musk has scrapped previous rules against disinformation, scrapped the platform’s account verification system and replaced it with a subscription model, and wreaked havoc on content moderation. His declared goal is to turn Twitter into a “digital marketplace”.

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