Musk clarified the EU vs X debates

Emre Çitak
Oct 20, 2023
Updated • Oct 20, 2023

Due to the sharing on Twitter during the Hamas events, the EU issued a series of warnings to Elon Musk, and the question of whether is Twitter leaving Europe started to echo on social media.

There is a precedent for such a move. Meta's Threads is already inaccessible to people in Europe due to regulatory issues. It's not clear how many users X has in Europe, but the platform has millions of users worldwide.

EU debate led to is Twitter leaving Europe question

Is Twitter leaving Europe?

Musk has been considering limiting access to Twitter (now X) to certain geographies since taking over the company in October 2022. He ordered the permanent closure of the company's offices in Europe, India, Australia, Africa, and South Korea, suggesting that the platform should operate only in countries where it was most popular, such as the US, UK, and Japan.

Elon Musk, who recently made his platform paid in New Zealand and the Philippines within the scope of the "Not A Bot" program, was criticized by EU officials after the Hamas events. All these have sparked a debate between Elon Musk and the EU. The famous businessman has been tweeting/xeeting Europe criticism for the past few days.

So is Twitter leaving Europe? Well, it is not certain but according to Elon Musk's tweet/xeet he is not going to do it. And of course, the sharp businessman did not refrain from criticizing another news outlet.

Why is Twitter leaving Europe questions began to be asked?

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a regulation enacted by the European Commission in August 2022, aimed at combating fake news and misinformation on online platforms. The DSA requires online platforms like X and Meta Platforms Inc. to have transparent systems in place for content moderation and the removal of false and misleading information.

Under the DSA, online platforms must:

  1. Establish clear and transparent rules for the removal of illegal content, including hate speech, terrorist propaganda, and child sexual abuse material
  2. Provide users with effective tools to report harmful content and appeal decisions to remove content
  3. Ensure that their algorithms do not prioritize sensational or provocative content over factual or informative content
  4. Provide authorities with access to information about the number of instances of illegal content hosted on their platforms
  5. Implement periodic penalty payments, or fines, up to 6% of a company's global revenue for non-compliance

The DSA applies to all online platforms that offer services in the European Union, regardless of where they are headquartered. This means that companies like X and Meta must comply with the regulation or face penalties.

So, is Twitter leaving Europe? Uncertain. Can the EU penalize Twitter/X for the tweets/xeets of its users and business accounts? Yes. Will Elon care? You tell us.


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  1. Anonymous said on October 22, 2023 at 12:01 am


    In other words, you really simp for big tech and are against anything that stops them or takes any power away from the elites.

    1. bruh said on October 23, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Hey Anonymous, just checked in to say that the adjectives I used to describe regulation are unfortunately also applicable to you, sorry :(

      What you don’t understand is that with regulations: typically it is the biggest companies that have the easiest time complying with them (even though they definitely don’t want to), because they have the money and man-power to actually do so.

      The ever accumulating regulations make it hard for the average joe, or a startup, to do something new or to challenge the current monopolies, because the barrier of entry over time becomes insane and difficult. Even if this particular regulation will only apply to the big players, it’s a point of principle thing – more regulation is not a good thing, people should vote with their time/money, if these platforms are atrocious, people shouldn’t use them.

      1. Anonymous said on October 25, 2023 at 5:11 am

        Hey bruh, I disagree with your far left pro big tech stance. Big Tech has been used to silence and cancel conservatives, while you as a liberal see this as a good thing, I do not. Big Tech must learn to play fair.

  2. just an Ed said on October 21, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    The EU and the US are busy turning themselves into modern USSR’s. Sad and dangerous, all done in the name of “protecting” freedom and democracy.

    1. Anonymous said on October 22, 2023 at 6:42 pm

      @just an Ed

      What? They are going to turn Twitter, my pronoun is X into a state owned company? When did this happen?

    2. Tom Hawack said on October 21, 2023 at 6:02 pm

      Or all done in the name of protecting citizens from big tech companies’ outrageous concepts of freedom and democracy.

  3. ECJ said on October 20, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    If Twitter left Europe, nothing of value would be lost.


  4. bruh said on October 20, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Regulation is retarded and gay, especially regulation from the biggest turd out there, the EU. Don’t really blame anybody for not wanting to deal with this…

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