Blocked! French minister threatens to ban Twitter if it doesn’t follow EU rules

French digital minister Jean-Noel Barot on Monday waded into the growing tussle between the European Union and Elon Musk̵7;s Twitter after he threatened to block the social media platform’s access.

in comments made on the radio network france informationThe minister said the US company would be banned from the EU if it refused to comply with the incoming European Digital Services ActWhich will come into force throughout the EU at the end of August.

Barot said, “Disinformation is one of the greatest threats to our democracies.” The French minister said, “Twitter, if it repeatedly does not follow our rules, it will be banned from the European Union.”

The comments escalate an ongoing battle between European politicians and Twitter, which was bought last year by controversial billionaire Elon Musk, who also controls Tesla and SpaceX.

Last week, Politico informed of that the social media platform was moving away from the EU’s voluntary misinformation code of practice.

The code lays out obligations for large digital platforms to monitor political advertising, prohibit disinformation, and encourage wider access and participation by outsiders. Other major social media platforms have pledged to support the rulebook, which is meant to pre-empt some of the measures to be mandated under the upcoming Digital Services Act. regulation predicts Fine Up to 6 percent of the company’s annual revenue for those who break the rules.

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton tweeted “You can run but you can’t hide”. In reply As for Twitter’s decision to move away from Code.