Ilona Mask’s plan to make Twitter the center of “freedom of speech” after its $ 44 billion social network seizure could lead to the platform facing “immediate blocking” of the UK government’s proposed Internet security bill.
Announcing the deal to buy Twitter last month, Musk said: “Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is a digital urban space where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed.”
However, polarizing the UK’s Internet security bill that was introduced in parliament in Marchseeks to curb large technology firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter.
If passed by law, social media companies could fine up to 10% of global traffic for failing to protect users from harmful content. The heads of social networks can face up to two years in prison for the most serious violations.
A government spokesman from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has made it clear that Twitter will be fully responsible for violating online laws in cases where freedom of speech puts above harm to users.
“Twitter and all social networking platforms need to protect their users from harm to their sites,” the spokesman said. UKTN.
“We are introducing new online safety laws to protect children, prevent abusive behavior and protect freedom of speech. All technology firms with users in the UK will have to comply with new laws or face heavy fines and block their sites. ”
Although the government has said the bill will protect freedom of expression, critics warn that Twitter could violate the proposed law if it loosens content moderation policies.
Musk “against censorship that goes far beyond the law”
“Twitter will be very difficult to work in the UK if it tries to work on the basis of absolute freedom of speech, without rules,” said Imran Ahmed, executive director of the Center for Combating Digital Hate.
Matthew Lesch, head of public policy at the Institute for Economic Affairs’s free market think tank, said that “Mask’s vision of freedom of speech will immediately face an obstacle” in the UK.
Lesch added: “The Internet Security Act requires platforms to actively monitor user content and encourage censorship. Companies will have to remove everything that could potentially be illegal, from “hate speech” to emotionally painful content – at risk of multibillion-dollar fines.
“This will allow easily offended and angry actors to seek the removal of speech.”
Gavin Millar QC told The Times that the Internet Security Bill “does not contain the legal safeguards that will be necessary to prevent or limit the risk of infringement [to free speech]“.
While Musk is an “absolutist of free speech,” he also said he was “against censorship that goes far beyond the law.”
He added: “If people want less freedom of speech, they will ask the government to pass relevant laws. Therefore, going beyond the law is against the will of the people.
This week Conservative MP Julian Knight wrote Mask inviting CEOs of Tesla and SpaceX to London to discuss the future of Twitter.