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EU investigates X for illegal content after Israel-Hamas conflict.

EU investigates X for illegal content after Israel-Hamas conflict.
EU investigates X for illegal content after Israel-Hamas conflict.

The European Union has issued a warning to Elon Musk's X platform regarding illegal content and disinformation related to the Israel-Hamas conflict. EU investigates X for illegal content after Israel-Hamas conflict.

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X's CEO, Linda Yaccarino, has responded to the EU Commission's request for information regarding the platform's content moderation practices. Yaccarino assured that the company is taking significant measures to address the issue, including dedicating special content moderation teams and removing tens of thousands of posts. However, the Commission has requested more information under the new Digital Services Act (DSA), which came into effect in August 2021. The DSA aims to ensure that the largest online platforms, known as "very large online platforms" (VLOPs), follow strict content moderation guidelines to keep their users safe. The DSA expands the definition of illegal content, including disinformation, and bans targeted advertising based on sensitive personal information. Failure to comply with the DSA could result in fines of up to 6% of the company's total turnover, or even a complete ban from the region.

What Illegal Content Is Spreading on X?

The Israel-Palestine conflict is a complex issue that has been ongoing for decades. It has resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives, making it a highly emotional and sensitive topic for people around the world. Unfortunately, this has led to the spread of disinformation and illegal content on various platforms, including X. The DSA mandates that VLOPs take effective action against such content and remove any posts that promote hate speech, gender-based violence, or violate fundamental rights.

Disinformation is rampant, with users often sharing old videos as new events. One such example was a clip of a helicopter being shot down, which was later found to be from the video game Arma 3. The Commission discovered that X had become a hub for hate speech, terrorist content, and violence related to the conflict. However, content moderation has become a challenge for X, especially after the company was acquired by Musk, resulting in a layoff of much of the moderation team.

Hamas is considered a terrorist organization in many countries, and any posts supporting it could be deemed illegal terrorist content. The conflict's religious and ethnic roots, combined with the passion on both sides, has led to the rapid spread of hate speech. The limited media presence in the region, particularly in Gaza, where there is currently no power, has further compounded the problem. Despite this, X reported over 50 million posts referencing the conflict in just two days, making it a daunting task to moderate and remove every post that violates their policies.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.


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