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European industry chief Breton and Musk signal agreement on Digital Services Act

BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) – European industry chief Thierry Breton met Elon Musk, boss of Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) in Texas on Monday, and the two signed an agreement on European digital media regulation before the takeover of Twitter Inc by Musk (TWTR.N).

The meeting comes weeks after the world’s richest man reached a deal to buy the social media company for $44 billion in cash.

In a video with the pair posted to Twitter by Breton, the EU official tells Musk that he explained the Digital Services Act to Musk. “That pretty much aligns with what you think we should be doing,” Breton told Musk in a tweet that included the #DSA hashtag.

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“I think that’s exactly the way I think,” Musk replies.

The two did not go into detail about the new law, which imposes heavy fines on companies if they fail to control illegal content. The rules prohibit advertising aimed at children or based on religion, gender, race and political opinions, for example.

Musk sealed the deal to buy Twitter last month pledging to revitalize the company and grow users by cracking down on spambots and reducing the amount of moderation to facilitate more “freedom of ‘expression”.

The billionaire’s comments prompted a retort from Breton that Twitter must comply with new EU rules known as the Digital Services Act to tackle illegal online content. Read more

Breton and Musk were due to discuss global supply chain issues during the European official’s visit to Tesla Inc’s new Austin plant.

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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; additional reporting by Peter Henderson; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Stephen Coates

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