Twitter Withdraws from EU Disinformation Code, Faces Impending Legal Obligations

(MENAFN) Twitter has decided to withdraw from the European Union's voluntary code aimed at combating disinformation, as announced by Thierry Breton, the EU's internal market commissioner, on Twitter. While acknowledging Twitter's decision, Breton also emphasized that new laws would soon require the company's compliance. He stated, "Obligations remain. You can run but you can't hide." The European Union will enforce legal requirements on Twitter to combat disinformation within its jurisdiction starting from August 25th, and Breton assured that European Union teams would be prepared for enforcement.

As of now, Twitter has not officially confirmed its stance on the European Union's code and has refrained from providing a comment in response to inquiries. On the other hand, numerous technology companies, ranging from major industry players like Meta (owner of Facebook and Instagram), TikTok, Google, Microsoft, and Twitch, to smaller firms, have pledged their commitment to the EU's disinformation code.

The code, introduced in June of the previous year, aims to prevent the exploitation of disinformation and fake news for financial gain while promoting transparency and mitigating the proliferation of bots and fake accounts. Participating companies have the flexibility to choose the specific commitments they wish to make, such as collaborating with fact-checkers or monitoring political advertising.


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