Twitter’s logo can be seen on the exterior of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, in this file photo taken on October 28, 2022. (Photo by Constanza HEVIA/AFP)

PARIS: Elon Musk has assured the European Commission that since the social network has passed under his ownership, it will follow Europe’s strict rules on cracking down on illegal online content.

In a previously unreported exchange last week, Musk asked EU industry chief Thierry Breton to pass the region’s Digital Services Act, which would impose hefty fines on companies that fail to moderate illegal content. He said he plans to comply.

The self-proclaimed free speech absolutist has agreed to meet with former French finance minister Breton in the coming weeks, two EU officials familiar with the debate told Reuters. .

The exchange came after Bretton took to Twitter to warn Musk about new European laws on Friday.

“In Europe, birds will fly according to EU rules,” Breton tweeted on Friday.

EU lawmakers have approved groundbreaking rules to curb tech giants this summer. This forces online platforms to do more to police the internet for illegal content, and larger platforms need more moderators than smaller ones.

Businesses face fines of up to 6% of annual global turnover for violating the Digital Services Act.

Musk’s guarantees seem to suggest a pragmatic attitude from the CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc.

Musk has so far given few details on how it will operate the company after the $44 billion acquisition.

He said he plans to cut jobs, and Twitter’s 7,500 employees are worried about the future. He said on Thursday that he bought Twitter not to make more money, but to “try to help the human race that I love.”

Breton and Musk met in May, at which point the two indicated they had agreed to comply with EU regulations.

In a video posted on Twitter after the May meeting, Bretton said EU officials briefed Musk on the Digital Services Act. “It’s very much in line with what you think we should be doing,” Bretton said. In a May video, Musk said, “I think it’s completely in line with my thoughts.”

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