Tucker Carlson's upcoming broadcast of a Vladimir Putin interview will challenge new EU regulations governing tech firms.
These rules compel social media to eliminate illegal content, sparking fears the feature could serve as Russian propaganda.
The EU expects the airing will highlight Putin's ambitions to restore the Russian empire, according to a Commission spokesperson.
An EU foreign affairs representative described Putin as a serial deceiver, expressing concern that social media, especially on Elon Musk
's platform, could be used to wage an "information war."
EU officials emphasized that platforms like Musk's must adhere to the Digital Services Act by removing unlawful content. Most have agreed to a code of conduct except for Musk's platform, which is under investigation for possible non-compliance.
The responsibility lies with social media companies to monitor their content, per EU digital chief, Thierry Breton. Sanctions for non-compliance include large fines or EU bans.
Despite sanctions on Putin and his allies, no action is suggested against Carlson for the interview. The EU foreign affairs spokesperson reiterated that Putin's acts are a direct threat to the EU and Ukrainians, contrasting with free, 21st-century societies.
Carlson, an ex-Fox News host and ally of Donald Trump
, opposes US aid to Ukraine and has gained attention from Russian media for his stance. He thanked Musk on Musk's platform for not censoring the interview, accusing Western governments of likely suppression on other networks.