The American company Twitter has decided to no longer comply with the EU’s code on disinformation, European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said late on Friday. According to him, even this does not absolve the company operating the social network of the same name from its obligations in this area. Twitter joined the code voluntarily last summer, along with dozens of other companies.
“Twitter abandons voluntary EU code against disinformation. However, obligations remain. You can run, but you can’t hide,” Breton wrote on Twitter. He also reminded that from August 25, the fight against disinformation under the new EU Digital Services Act (DSA) will be an obligation that the European authorities are ready to enforce. Companies face significant fines in case of non-compliance.
Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation.
But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide.
Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be legal obligation under #DSA as of August 25.
Our teams will be ready for enforcement.— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) May 26, 2023
Twitter, which after last year’s takeover by billionaire Elon Musk laid off most of its employees and no longer has a media relations department, responded only to an automated email with a poop emoticon when asked by Reuters about the topic.
Already this year, the European Commission once criticized Twitter for the fact that the company did not fully meet its obligations under the rules of combating disinformation. According to her, Twitter was the only one of the group of technology companies to provide a mandatory report on its actions in an area with a lack of data and information about its plans.
The aim of the EU’s efforts is to strengthen the role of fact-checking groups, take vigorous action against fake accounts and manipulation of information, or cut off the creators of targeted disinformation from advertising revenue.
Source: Zprávy – Tiscali.cz by zpravy.tiscali.cz.
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