Musk’s Twitter Ditches EU Code of Practice on Disinformation

Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press. Views expressed here are his own. Elon Musk’s face superimposed on the “Disaster girl” meme. In a tweet, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton appeared to confirm what had been rumored the day prior: Elon Musk’s Twitter has left the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation. “Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation,” Breton tweeted. “But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide. Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be legal obligation under [the Digital Services Act] as of August 25. Our teams will be ready for enforcement.” The voluntary Code of Practice, an effort at establishing self-regulatory standards for tech firms to mitigate disinformation, was agreed by Twitter, Facebook, Google and other industry partners in 2018, and revised and strengthened in 2022. Signatories to the Code agree to various commitments and measures intended to address the spread of falsehoods, including demonetization of disinformation, a variety of interventions related to political advertising, transparency and integrity standards, efforts at improving media literacy and otherwise equipping users to identify disinformation, empowering the research community, and cooperating with the fact-checking community. In February of this year, Twitter failed to file a complete report on its implementation of the Code, the only one of the major tech platforms that did not meet that basic requirement. In August, Twitter will be subject to the requirements of the EU’s Digital Services Act, which codifies many of the obligations in the Code…Musk’s Twitter Ditches EU Code of Practice on Disinformation