Brussels warns Musk to keep Putin propaganda off Twitter


The recent changes in the Twitter social network may turn out in favor of Russia. The warning came from European Commission vice-president Vera Jourova, who said Elon Musk risks “giving a hand” to President Vladimir Putin if the recent layoffs of his workforce prevent the platform from finding and removing propaganda about the war in Ukraine.

“By not actively acting against the propaganda, which means removing the pieces, the misinformation, then you are actively supporting the war,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “This would be very risky and even dangerous support for Musk, who wants to be seen as helping Ukraine,” he added.

The CEO of Tesla and now owner of Twitter was one of the first to support the country led by Zelensky, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, having made available the Starlink satellite system – which wasprovides internet access and was developed by SpaceX – in the country. This system, which is marketed as ideally suited to areas where internet access is unreliable or unavailable, has been used by Russian citizens and military.

The words of Vera Jourova, who has been making efforts to combat misinformation online, come after the social network reversed its policy to combat misinformation against covid-19. A measure that aggravated fears about the capacity that Musk’s company will have to deal with this issue, since a large number of employees allocated to this area were dismissed.

Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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