Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Technology

European Parliament to summon Elon Musk

Twitter boss Elon Musk should check his DMs.

The world’s richest man who recently bought the social media company is set to receive an invitation to come to the European Parliament in Brussels and explain himself, two Parliament officials told POLITICO. 

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola briefed top EU lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Thursday that she will invite Musk soon. The move comes at the request of lawmakers from the Liberal group Renew, a spokesperson for the group said. 

The self-proclaimed free speech absolutist Musk bought the company and fired half of Twitter’s staff in the past weeks.

“There are sound reasons to suggest that the standards applied by Twitter until now, may be weakened, at a time when the fight against election interference, misinformation and hate speech is more important than ever,” wrote Liberal lawmaker Dita Charanzová (Czech) and Sophie in ‘t Veld (Dutch) in a letter to Metsola on November 8. 

Lawmakers want Musk to show up in Brussels in person to hear about his plans and remind him of European laws governing technology.

Europe has some of the strictest privacy laws in the West. A new law to crack down on illegal content known as the Digital Services Act will also likely apply to Twitter as soon as the summer of 2023. Yet, it remains to be seen how European regulators will be able to hold Musk to account.

The European Parliament president doesn’t have the power to summon a company executive. In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg came to testify in Brussels in 2018 in a hearing that proved disappointing. 

The invitation could be sent after November 24 when top European lawmakers will discuss details of the plan in a meeting, added a Parliament official. 

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Europe

LONDON — Rishi Sunak sought to up his rhetoric on China on Monday while carefully opening the door to further talks with President Xi...

Technology

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Spain is proving the most troublesome country to probe in EU lawmakers’ ongoing...

Europe

Ireland’s privacy authority Monday announced it was imposing a €265 million fine and other corrective measures on Meta for failing to properly protect its...

Energy

EU countries resumed last-ditch talks on Monday to secure agreement on a price cap for Russian oil, with deep splits among them on where...

Technology

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. A lobby group backed by Elon Musk and associated with a controversial ideology...

Europe

Fariba Nawa is a journalist based in Istanbul and host of On Spec podcast. She’s also the author of “Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug...

Technology

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The cryptocurrency world is reeling after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX —...

Europe

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) — often regarded as the ‘silent pandemic’ — is the leading cause of death worldwide. In 2019 alone, it was responsible...