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EU rule to tame Big Tech aligns with my free speech thinking: Elon Musk

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Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and ‘free speech absolutist,’ gave his approval on Tuesday to Europe’s Digital Services Act, which is set to go into effect in early 2023, saying that the rule aligns with his thoughts on free speech that he wants to establish on Twitter.

According to TechCrunch, Musk responded to EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, who visited his gigafactory in Austin, Texas.

When asked if the new EU regulation aligns with his Twitter strategy, Musk replied, “I think it’s exactly aligned with my thinking.”

To rein in Big Tech, the EU intends to enforce the Digital Markets Act.

As soon as the law takes effect, the Commission will take action against any violations committed by “gatekeepers” such as Meta, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Musk stated to Breton: “It’s been a fascinating discussion. I really agree with everything you said. I believe we’re on the same page. And I believe that anything my companies can do to benefit Europe is something we want to do. That’s what I mean.”

Breton later tweeted a video of himself conversing with Musk.

“Great meeting! We are very much on the same page,” the Tesla CEO said.

The billionaire has also been invited to testify before the UK Parliament about his proposed $44 billion acquisition of Twitter.

Julian Knight, the Chair of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, has asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk to appear before lawmakers to discuss the proposal in a letter.

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