European Parliament invites Elon Musk to testify
Steph Deschamps / December 20, 2022
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has sent Elon Musk a letter asking him to testify before the EU legislature, his spokesman said Monday.
The European Parliament does not have the power to force the world's richest man to appear before it, and his response was not immediately known.
Elon Musk, boss of electric car maker Tesla among others, has stirred up turmoil and controversy since he bought Twitter in October for $44 billion.
After firing half the company's staff, reinstating former U.S. President Donald Trump's account, abandoning a policy against misinformation on Covid-19, banning - and then reinstating - some journalists and briefly blocking references to rival platforms on Twitter, he has drawn the attention of policymakers in the United States and Europe.
The European Commission has warned Musk that he risks EU "sanctions" because of the threat he poses to media freedom. On Monday, he held a Twitter poll on whether he should stay on as head of the company. A total of 57.5 percent of users answered "Yes" to his departure.
Twitter's stock price has plunged by a third since he bought the platform.