Musk v. Breton: two visions of individual protection

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Elon Musk and Thierry Breton are locked in a digital showdown, with freedom of speech and social media responsibility at the core of their clash. On Friday the 13th, Commissioner Breton dropped a bombshell, formally requesting information from X Twitter under the Digital Services Act (DSA). He’d had enough of illegal content and disinformation on the platform. Now, Musk’s team are racing against the clock, trying to explain their crisis response protocol by October 18th and everything else by the 31st. If they fail, they face a financial fright night, with penalties potentially reaching 6% of their global turnover or even a European exile.

This feud has been brewing for months. Breton’s been knocking on Musk’s digital door, urging him to toe the DSA line. Just last June, he practically sent a virtual memo, urging Musk to bolster his compliance team. It’s like a game of cosmic ping-pong, with Orwell in the middle.

Google, YouTube’s and Tik Tok are now also involved. As elections loom across Europe, the stakes are higher than ever. Breton’s reminding these tech behemoths that with great power comes great responsibility. It’s not just about likes and shares; it’s about the integrity of our digital realm. It’s a tightrope walk, with Musk championing the unfettered flow of information and Breton seeking to establish boundaries for a safer digital ecosystem. Suscribe here or tell us below who do you think is right, and what should be the right balance between freedom and regulation.

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