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EU probing X (formerly Twitter) over terrorist content

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

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 positioning. The social media big will now be anticipated to show it’s complying with EU regulation.

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

“This request follows indications acquired 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 mentioned.

Whereas the assertion made no point out of the continued Israel-Gaza warfare, EU Inner Market Commissioner Thierry Breton beforehand mentioned 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 army.

In a letter addressed to X proprietor Elon Musk earlier this week, Breton warned that the positioning 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 positioning’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 mentioned tens of hundreds of posts, in addition to a whole lot of accounts allegedly linked to terrorist teams or extremism, had been eliminated since final Saturday.

Below EU laws, web sites and search engines like google might be fined as much as 6% of their international turnover if they’re discovered to be in violation of the principles. Nevertheless, whereas the regulation won’t be totally enforced till early 2024, websites designated as “very massive on-line platforms” – or these with greater than 45 million month-to-month customers, comparable 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 supply an in depth description of how his platforms had been addressing the unfold of disinformation and “unlawful content material” relating to the Israel-Hamas warfare.


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