European Parliament President Roberta Metsola sent Elon Musk a letter asking him to testify before the EU legislature, his spokesman said. The European Parliament does not have the power to compel the richest man in the world to appear before it, and his response was not immediately known. Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla, has caused turmoil and controversy since he bought Twitter in October for $44 billion.
Having fired half the company’s staff, reinstated former US President Donald Trump’s account, scrapped a policy against Covid-19 misinformation, banned – then reinstated – some journalists and briefly blocked references to rival platforms on Twitter, it has caught the attention of politicians attention in the USA and Europe.
The European Commission has warned Musk that he faces “sanctions” from the EU because of the threat he poses to media freedom. On Monday, he organized a Twitter poll to find out whether he should remain CEO of that company.
A total of 57.5% of users answered “Yes” to his departure. Twitter’s share price has fallen by a third since they bought the platform.