Twitter kan komma att förbjudas i EU om yttrandefriheten blir för stor, varnar EU-kommissionen.
EU-kommissionär Thierry Breton har haft en videokonferens med Twitters nye ägare Elon Musk. Breton skall enligt Reuters ha framfört följande krav.
»There is still huge work ahead, as Twitter will have to implement transparent user policies, significantly reinforce content moderation and protect freedom of speech, tackle disinformation with resolve, and limit targeted advertising.«
Notera att man samtidigt förväntas censurera och försvara yttrandefriheten…
Financial Times fyller i.
Breton told Musk that Twitter must adhere to a checklist of rules, including ditching an “arbitrary” approach to reinstating banned users, pursuing disinformation “aggressively” and agreeing to an “extensive independent audit” of the platform by next year.
Musk was warned that unless he stuck to those rules Twitter risked infringing the EU’s new Digital Services Act, a new law that sets the global standard for how Big Tech must police content on the internet. Breton reiterated Twitter could face a Europe-wide ban or fines of up to 6 per cent of global turnover if it breached the law.
Elon Musk har tidigare uttalat sig positivt om EU:s nya Digital Services Act – trots att den medför en mycket omfattande micro management av hur sociala media får bedriva sin verksamhet.
På Twitters blogg skriver man följande.
• First, none of our policies have changed. Our approach to policy enforcement will rely more heavily on de-amplification of violative content: freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach.
• Our Trust & Safety team continues its diligent work to keep the platform safe from hateful conduct, abusive behavior, and any violation of Twitter’s rules. The team remains strong and well-resourced, and automated detection plays an increasingly important role in eliminating abuse.
• When urgent events manifest on the platform, we ensure that all content moderators have the guidance they need to find and address violative content.
• As we improve our policies and processes, bad actors will also develop new methods of disruption. This is not new. Our team of experts is constantly adapting to identify and defuse threats, and we are proud of our early results: impressions on violative content are down over the past month, despite the growth in overall usage on the platform.
• Finally, as we embark on this new journey, we will make mistakes, we will learn, and we will also get things right. Throughout, we’ll communicate openly with our users and customers, to get and share your feedback as we build.
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Möjligen handlar upprördheten kring Musks köp av Twitter om annat än sakfrågorna.