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Elon Musk’s ambitions for Twitter are prompting MEPs to hold him to account in the European Parliament.
TWITTER – It’s a takeover that shakes the Old Continent. Since he acquired the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars, Elon Musk has not stopped talking about him, increasing the shock decisions and future releases of “ the blue Bird under his leadership.
To the point that is now in the sights of MEPs this Tuesday, November 8. The Renew parliamentary group, the political formation of the European Parliament led by Stéphane Séjourné and which specifically includes the elected Macronists, wants to hold him accountable.
In a tweet, one who is also the secretary general of the Renaissance presidential majority party expressed Renew’s desire to audition the founder of Tesla and PayPal in the European Parliament. ” My group Renew Europe demands the hearing of Elon Musk in the European Parliament “, he wrote on Twitter.
My group @RenewEurope is demanding a hearing with @elonmusk in the European Parliament. Regardless of the choice of Mr. M… https://t.co/HVi9bM4MO9
— Stéphane Séjourné (@steph_sejourne)
” The bird may be free, but European values and laws must still apply to Twitter! Elon Musk should be held accountable to the European Parliament. Today we asked Roberta Metsola (the President of the European Parliament, editor’s note) to invite Elon Musk to a hearing with MPs”the parliamentary group Renew added in another tweet.
An official strategy that is largely explained by various declarations of powerful entrepreneurs with libertarian ambitions, which aims specifically to make Twitter a space of exchange where freedom of expression prevails over anything else and if where moderation must be less vigilant than in the past. .
Dismissals in spades
A dangerous game for many observers, but this opinion seems to be shared by the European political formation as well, as Stéphane Séjourné later expressed: “ Whatever Mr Musk chooses, our motto will remain: our continent, our rules. We need to ensure that Twitter continues to take action against misinformation and hate speech. »
A final sentence that seems to echo Elon Musk’s speeches about Twitter certification. A difficult subject where the new owner of the social network wants to make many changes to allow anyone to see their account certified against a monthly amount of money. A choice that divides and increases the fear of increasing the power of disinformation on Twitter by allowing everyone to have the same (frontal) legitimacy as a media, a state organization or an international athlete for example .
In addition, the Twitter acquisition brought a wave of major layoffs for the California company. Following its acquisition of the social network, the South African entrepreneur actually proceeded to lay off 50% of Twitter’s employees, having been notified only the day before by letter.
It was enough to prompt Paul Murphy, Irish Member of the European Parliament, to seek legal action against Elon Musk. He criticizes her especially her apparent failure to inform the Minister for Enterprise of its plans for major redundancies “. In fact, Irish law requires that more than thirty dismissals within thirty days must be notified in advance to the Irish government.
Paul Murphy also called for Twitter to be sued for apparently not notifying the Minister for Enterprise about… https://t.co/a5fvOhZOIA
—Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly)
When Elon Musk raised the idea of paying for access to the social network in the near future, official measures to hold accountable the sulphurous boss of SpaceX began to multiply. Arm wrestling with justice that does not seem to scare Elon Musk, who is often referred to by the regulatory and supervisory bodies of the financial markets for his interventionism and his overflowing influence, especially in the American stock market.
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