EU Probes Elon Musk's X for Disinformation Law Breaches

EU Probes Elon Musk's X for Disinformation Law Breaches

Recently, Elon Musk's X, which used to be called Twitter, has been looked at by the European Union (EU) Commission. The main focus of the probe is on possible violations of the Digital Services Act (DSA), specifically illegal content, advertising, and spreading false information on big tech platforms. The official process in the EU is meant to find out if X has broken the DSA in areas like risk management, content moderation, dark patterns, advertising openness, and researchers' access to data.

The EU will look into X in a number of important areas. The spread of illegal content in the EU and the steps that company X has taken to stop this is an important factor. This includes how the platform handles fake news and hate speech and what it does when users report such content.

Another important topic is X's work to stop people from manipulating information, with a focus on how well its "Community Notes" system, which lets anyone check facts, works.

The EU is also worried about problems with openness at X, such as researchers not being able to get to data on the site. Under Musk's direction, changes to the company's API pricing have made it harder to do studies on X.

The probe will also look into how open X's ads repository is and how misleading the user interface is. The verification checkmarks for X's paid subscription service are interesting because they may have caused confusion at first because they were meant to confirm the name of famous users.

A number of things that happened and conversations between Musk and EU Commissioner Thierry Breton led to the review. Because there was a lot of false information on the site, Breton told X that the EU might look into it. The EU's worries were not eased by Musk's public response or the following letters between X CEO Linda Yaccarino and the EU. This led to a formal request for information from X.

The DSA went into force this year in the EU. It makes "Very Large Online Platforms" (VLOPs) like Meta and X legally responsible for users' harmful or illegal content. Musk has said that his company might pull X out of the EU rather than following the DSA. Now that the investigation is official, and Musk could face big fines, everyone is looking forward to hearing his answer and hearing about his plans for X in the EU in the future.

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