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EU probing X (aka Twitter) over terrorist content

The bloc beforehand threatened penalties if Elon Musk’s platform ignored native ?disinformation? rules

The EU has launched an investigation into X (previously Twitter) over the alleged unfold of hate speech, disinformation, and different “unlawful content material” on the location. The social media large will now be anticipated to show it’s complying with EU legislation.

The European Fee introduced the transfer on Thursday, saying it had submitted a “formal request for data” to X underneath the EU’s sweeping web regulation, the Digital Providers Act (DSA).

“This request follows indications obtained by the Fee companies of the alleged spreading of unlawful content material and disinformation, particularly the spreading of terrorist and violent content material and hate speech,” the physique stated.

Whereas the assertion made no point out of the continued Israel-Gaza struggle, EU Inside Market Commissioner Thierry Breton beforehand stated the bloc had seen a spike in “disinformation” following the “terrorist assaults by Hamas in opposition to Israel” final weekend.

The Palestinian group launched a significant assault on Saturday, sending waves of fighters and rockets into Israel and prompting days of retaliatory airstrikes by the Israeli navy.

In a letter addressed to X proprietor Elon Musk earlier this week, Breton warned that the location may face penalties ought to it run afoul of the DSA, and went on to demand a written response inside 24 hours.

X CEO Linda Yaccarino defended the location’s insurance policies in an open letter to the EU on Thursday, insisting the platform had “redistributed sources” and “refocused groups” to handle posts associated to the battle in Israel. She stated tens of hundreds of posts, in addition to lots of of accounts allegedly linked to terrorist teams or extremism, had been eliminated since final Saturday.

Below EU rules, web sites and engines like google will be fined as much as 6% of their world turnover if they’re discovered to be in violation of the principles. Nonetheless, whereas the legislation won’t be absolutely enforced till early 2024, websites designated as “very giant on-line platforms” – or these with greater than 45 million month-to-month customers, corresponding to X – are anticipated to meet the necessities beginning in August.

The bloc additionally reached out to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in one other “pressing” letter, warning the billionaire he had 24 hours to offer an in depth description of how his platforms had been addressing the unfold of disinformation and “unlawful content material” relating to the Israel-Hamas struggle.


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