100+ MEPs call for questioning Musk over Twitter agenda
Over a hundred members of the EU Parliament ask their President to question Musk about his plans for social media platform Twitter
Over a hundred members of the EU Parliament requested through a letter to the Parliament's speaker Roberta Metsola to summon new Twitter Chief Elon Musk to hear about his plans for the social media platform.
The Tesla billionaire, who is uncannily warm with the Pentagon through SpaceX and Starlink, which both uphold aggressive military infrastructure, has raised concern following his purchase of the app as his political agenda for the platform, which is used by many European policy-setters and lawmakers, remains vague and unclear.
"Whilst the precise intentions of the new owner of Twitter, Mr Elon Musk, are not fully known, his statement and the actions he has taken so far offer cause for concern," stated Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld.
Concerns regarding Musk's policies have spiraled after the billionaire fired thousand of employees upon his takeover including content moderation teams and the entire board of directors.
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Musk also requested his Twitter followers to vote Republican during the American midterm elections on Tuesday.
MEP Dita Charanzova, the internal market committee coordinator for Renew Europe, the pro-European political group that wrote the letter, stated that "Twitter cannot become a dystopian hellscape," stressing that "On the contrary, it must do even more than it has been doing to fight disinformation and hate. This is what Mr Musk actually signed up for, at least in Europe."
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Charanzova added that Musk "should come and see us so he can understand the European rules of the game. He has obligations under the (EU) Digital Services Act and the 2022 Code of Practice on Disinformation, which Twitter is subject to."
The European Union has confronted US tech giants numerous times to try and enforce European market rules on them.