European Union Commissioner Warns Elon Musk: ‘The Time of the Wild West Is Over’

The European Commission’s Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has issued a warning to Elon Musk, telling the Twitter CEO that “the time of the wild west is over.”

In a statement to the media from the World Economic Forum summit in Davis, Switzerland, Jourová warned that, if Musk fails to comply with the EU’s rules, he will face “sanctions.”

The unelected Eurocrat told Euronews Next: “We will have the Digital Services Act.

“We will have the Code of Practice as a part of this legislation.

“So, after Mr. Musk took over Twitter with his ‘freedom of speech absolutism,’ we are the protectors of freedom of speech as well.

“But at the same time, we cannot accept, for instance, illegal content online and so on.

“So, our message was clear: we have rules which have to be complied with, otherwise, there will be sanctions.

“I’ve worked with the platforms, with the ‘big boys’ – and girls sometimes – already for several years.

“And for me, the legislation was never the only option.

“How to push them to do things?

“We had some ‘gentlemen’s agreements,’ like the Code of Conduct against Hate Speech, which was very important in 2016 when we saw an extreme rise of hatred online targeted to concrete people or groups of citizens.

“So, I always like to combine decent communication and discussion, and testing how far they can go under the framework of some sort of social responsibility.

“One day, he wakes up and he dislikes some of the accounts so he removes them,” she said.

“I have not spoken to him. Of course, we are watching and listening.

“I think that the confidence has been weakened. And I had a quite high level of confidence when it comes to Twitter.

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“I have to say that we worked with knowledgeable people – with the lawyers, with sociologists – who understood that they have to behave in some decent way not to cause really big harm to the society.

“I always felt that this notion of responsibility was there. So, this is what I don’t feel from Elon Musk personally.

“But we will see,” she said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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