German digital director warns Elon Musk against misinformation on Twitter

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk met with Germany’s digital director to debate the nation’s expectations for disinformation on the platform. German Embassy representatives organized the assembly in San Francisco which was scheduled with little or no discover, the night earlier than it befell.

Digital and Transport Minister Volker Wissing traveled to California to satisfy with Musk earlier than attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. During the assembly, Wissing knowledgeable Musk that misinformation content material posted on Twitter goes towards the Digital Service Act (DSA) which was handed in April of final yr by all 27 member states of the European Union (EU).

The EU launched the DSA to guard youngsters, deal with misogyny, and curb disinformation, amongst different objectives. When the DSA was first handed, the EU member states warned that Twitter was not prepared for the adjustments which might be totally enforced on main platforms by the summer season.

Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner who oversaw the laws instructed Musk in April that he had “huge work ahead” to adjust to the act on Twitter which he ultimately bought for $44 billion in October, based on The Guardian.

“The Digital Services Act is groundbreaking legislation that will set a worldwide standard for content regulation and the protection of users from online harms,” Peter Church, a know-how lawyer at Linklaters, instructed The Guardian.

The assembly comes after Musk reinstated the accounts of 1000’s of people who had beforehand been suspended from Twitter for going towards the corporate’s numerous insurance policies, together with people who banned the spreading false info, making dangerous or offensive feedback, and spreading antisemitic or racist views.

But in November, Twitter additionally introduced it might not implement the covid-19 misinformation coverage that was put in place in the course of the early days of the pandemic in 2020.

However, a German ministry spokesperson mentioned in an electronic mail to Gizmodo that their authorities is carefully monitoring the adjustments at Twitter since Musk’s takeover. “In his talks with Elon Musk, Federal Minister Wissing made it clear, among other things, that Germany expects the existing voluntary commitments against disinformation and the rules of the Digital Services Act to be observed in the future,” she mentioned.

Twitter didn’t instantly reply to Gizmodo’s request for remark, doubtless as a result of the corporate not has any form of communications division.

Germany and different EU member states have “set clear rules … to take action against illegal content, increasing disinformation and bots in social networks,” the spokesperson mentioned, including that every one corporations must be held accountable for the content material that’s shared on their platforms.

The spokesperson declined to touch upon Musk’s statements in the course of the assembly however mentioned “It was spoken very openly and at length.” She continued, “Elon Musk has pledged that he intends to comply with the commitments and future rules of the DSA.”

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