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European Union threatens to close Twitter in the Old Continent

European Union threatens to close Twitter in the Old Continent

A European regulator today threatened to ban access to Twitter across the continent if the company fails to enforce content moderation standards required by the Digital Services Act.

Twitter stated that no policy has changed although it really stopped enforcing the rules against COVID misinformation.

“As we do this work, we want to ensure a few things: First, none of our policies have changed”wrote Twitter in a blog post titled “Twitter 2.0: Our Continuing Commitment to the Public Conversation”.

Twitter made this claim just a week after the big shift in how it handles COVID misinformation. “As of November 23, 2022, Twitter no longer enforces the COVID-19 Misleading Information Policy,” Twitter said.

Have Twitter policies changed or not? Technically, they haven’t changed, as instead of rewriting the COVID misinformation policy, Twitter simply stopped enforcing it.

Today’s Twitter 2.0 blog post goes on to say that “Our approach to policy enforcement will be based more on reducing infringing content: free speech but not free scope.”

for your part, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton warned Musk about complying with European Commission rules in a video conference.

“There is still a lot of work ahead as Twitter will need to implement transparent user policies, significantly strengthen content moderation and protect free expression, resolutely combat misinformation and limit targeted advertising.”Breton told Musk.

Musk and Breton agreed that the EU will hold a “stress test” at Twitter headquarters in early 2023 to assess Twitter’s compliance with EU rules.

Former Twitter head of trust and safety Yoel Roth said yesterday he resigned because Musk rules by “dictatorial edict” and that mass layoffs and resignations hurt Twitter’s ability to block harmful content.

Roth said automated systems cannot fully replace human review and he doesn’t believe Twitter will remain “enough people in the company who can do that work to keep up” of malicious campaigns. Roth also said that the COVID policy change “is very bad and damaging.”

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