The EU industry chief, Thierry Breton, cautioned that Twitter remains accountable for tackling disinformation despite withdrawing from a voluntary EU code of practice.
According to Reuters, companies that have agreed to the code are obligated to submit frequent progress reports containing information on the amount of advertising revenue they have prevented from being used by those spreading disinformation.
The requirement includes disclosing the quantity or worth of political ads approved or declined, as well as identifying instances of deceptive conduct that were detected.
“Twitter leaves EU voluntary code of practice against disinformation. But obligations remain. You can run but you can’t hide,” Breton said in a tweet.
“Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be legal obligation under DSA as of August 25. Our teams will be ready for enforcement.”
Following its acquisition by Elon Musk for $44 billion in October, Twitter has undergone significant restructuring, including job cuts and various operational adjustments.