Elon Musk’s X faces landmark EU investigation | Science and technology news



Elon Musk’s X is being investigated by the EU for its efforts to combat disinformation and harmful content.

The social media platform, formerly known as Twitteris the first to be investigated under the bloc’s digital services law.

It came into effect in November 2022 and requires large online businesses to do more to tackle illegal content and perceived security risks.

The seminal study of X follows Musk clashed with EU Commissioner Thierry Bretonwho warned the billionaire to do more to tackle disinformation about Israel-Hamas war.

Sir. Breton also wrote to Meta, TikTok and Google to remind them of their obligations under the law, and each highlighted the steps they were taking to combat fake news.

But only X has received a formal request for information under the law.

The company said it would comply with the regulatory process.

EU concerned about X’s fact-checking

The investigation will cover X’s community notes feature, which allows users to flag false or misleading content.

A spokesman for the European Commission said it was concerned about the feature’s effectiveness.

It has largely taken the place of Twitter’s old fact-checking team, which Mr. Musk purged during mass redundancies following the purchase of the company last October.

Musk himself has been fact-checked by the systembut claimed it was played by state actors.

The study will also look at the change in policy around verification, with the once coveted blue ticks now given to anyone who pays a monthly subscription.

The commission said the investigation would include further requests for information, interviews and inspections.

Should X be found in breach of the law, it could risk a fine of up to 6% of its global turnover.


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