Twitter told the European Commission it is seriously considering withdrawing from the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, a voluntary agreement that preludes upcoming binding rules, EU officials told EURACTIV.
The announcement of Twitter’s withdrawal from the code would come as little surprise to those involved in the voluntary pledge. Since Elon Musk took over the tech company in October, he slashed entire departments, including those responsible for content moderation, to cut costs.
“I was waiting for this. It was purely a matter of time,” an EU official told EURACTIV under the condition of anonymity, adding that Twitter’s eventual withdrawal might be the end of a headache for the Commission, given the platform’s lack of compliance.
As major platforms submitted their first progress reports on compliance with the updated Code of Practice on Disinformation, EU officials criticised Twitter for its scant efforts, which gave the impression it “didn’t take it seriously enough”.