Musk’s Twitter Ambitions to Collide with Europe’s Tech Rules

A hands-off approach to moderating content at Elon Musk’s Twitter could clash with ambitious new laws in Europe meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and other harmful material.

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FILE - The Twitter splash page is seen on a digital device, Monday, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition and his plans for a more hands-off approach to moderating content is clashing with ambitious new laws in Europe that are meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and other harmful material. Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” pledged to buy Twitter for $44 billion this week. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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LONDON (AP) — A hands-off approach to moderating content at Elon Musk’s Twitter could clash with ambitious new laws in Europe meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and other harmful material. Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” pledged to buy Twitter for $44 billion this week, with European Union officials and digital campaigners quick to say that any focus on free speech to the detriment of online safety would not…

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