Elon Musk Should Play By The Rules As He Takes Control Of Twitter, Says Top European Union Official

Elon Musk - Twitter
Elon Musk - Twitter

A top European Union official warned Elon Musk Friday about his $44 billion purchase of Twitter, telling the wealthiest man in the world he will have to obey the rules.

After a cryptic tweet from Musk hinting he’d completed his acquisition of Twitter, Thierry Breton, the European commissioner for the internal market, warned Musk that he would have to play by the rules, and comply with the bloc’s new digital regulations.

“The bird is freed,” Musk tweeted. In response, Breton quote-tweeted Musk saying: “In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules.”

Although not officially confirmed, a spokesperson for crypto exchange Binance, which provided Musk equity financing for the Twitter takeover, said Friday the transaction had been completed.

Musk, one of Twitter’s most popular users, is known for tweeting everything from announcements about Tesla and his other companies, to memes and attacks on his critics.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has previously called himself a “free speech absolutist” and says he wants to reform Twitter as a “digital town square” with less restrictions on what users can share.