Elon Musk Twitter
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Why is the EU threatening to ban Twitter? Explained

Twitter might be leaving the EU soon.

Elon Musk has been causing nothing but controversy after buying Twitter in October 2022. He began his role by firing staff and introducing a model to buy your way into verification. Since he took over, a number of celebrities have been flocking to other platforms and leaving their Twitter accounts, over decisions like reinstating Donald Trump’s account, and since his new verification program has made it easier than ever for people to be tricked into thinking parody accounts were the real thing.

Recommended Videos

But the latest blow to come to Elon Musk has been one of a global nature, as the EU has threatened to ban the social media platform. So let’s take a look at why the EU might be about to ban Twitter. 

Why is the EU threatening to ban Twitter?

The report that the EU has threatened to ban the popular social media platform has come from the Financial Times. Apparently, Elon Musk sat down for a video meeting with Thierry Breton who is the Commissioner for Internal Market of the European Union. Breton previously responded to Musk purchasing the platform in a tweet, making a public stand that the company would have to play by the EU’s rules. 

Breton warned that Musk would have to reinforce Twitter’s pursuits of clearing up misinformation on the platform and that reinstatements, like the one for Donald Trump, would need to be investigated rather than done on a whim. They also called on Musk to agree to rules regarding advertisements, including a ban on those that would target children. Breton apparently made it clear that a failure to adhere to those rules would result in a European ban or some hefty fines. They also wanted Musk to commit to an audit, one that would be independent and take place next year. It is currently unknown whether or not the EU will follow through with its threat to ban Twitter, but surely if Musk does not play ball with their demands, they will not hesitate to implement a ban.

It would be reckless to say that a ban in the EU would be the death blow for the platform, as many people have looked at Musk’s short tenure at Twitter as a walking, talking Doomsday Clock for the platform. The only way Twitter might crash and burn completely is if other regions follow suit after the European Union’s ban is implemented. It would be interesting to see what Europeans would turn to if Twitter was to be banned in their region, maybe they might all flock to Hive or Mastodon as well.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
related content
Read Article ‘Poor woman was just doing a good thing’: Kindhearted woman saves stray dog but alleged owner initiates harassment campaign
Read Article ‘Adobe just hates having clients huh?’: Adobe rolls out new terms of use allowing it to steal your private files to train AI
Read Article ‘I hope you’re my pilot one day’: Student pilot’s terrifying emergency landing becomes a go-to lesson in how to save your own life
Student pilot Kaitlyn Young before and after her plane crashed near Plymouth, Connecticut.
Student pilot Kaitlyn Young before and after her plane crashed near Plymouth, Connecticut.
Student pilot Kaitlyn Young before and after her plane crashed near Plymouth, Connecticut.
Read Article ‘Love me, love my Dog:’ Man dumps girlfriend over surprise pet
Read Article ‘A field of green’: Woman shares all the ways her husband is a walking green flag, and now everyone wants a piece of him
Hey.Mama.Ella and husband
Hey.Mama.Ella and husband
Hey.Mama.Ella and husband
Related Content
Read Article ‘Poor woman was just doing a good thing’: Kindhearted woman saves stray dog but alleged owner initiates harassment campaign
Read Article ‘Adobe just hates having clients huh?’: Adobe rolls out new terms of use allowing it to steal your private files to train AI
Read Article ‘I hope you’re my pilot one day’: Student pilot’s terrifying emergency landing becomes a go-to lesson in how to save your own life
Student pilot Kaitlyn Young before and after her plane crashed near Plymouth, Connecticut.
Read Article ‘Love me, love my Dog:’ Man dumps girlfriend over surprise pet
Read Article ‘A field of green’: Woman shares all the ways her husband is a walking green flag, and now everyone wants a piece of him
Hey.Mama.Ella and husband
Author
Tristyn Akbas
Tristyn Akbas is an SEO writer for We Got This Covered. He graduated from the University of New South Wales, with a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Writing. Tristyn specializes in the geekier side of writing and is always up to date on the latest movies, TV, comic books, and video games. He particularly likes anything superhero or horror-related, and in his free time, you'll find him earning PlayStation trophies.