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Elon Musk’s X rebuts EU allegations of ‘unlawful’ content material concerning the Israel-Hamas battle

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Linda Yaccarino: CEO of X talking with CNBC’s Sara Eisen on Aug. tenth, 2023.

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Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X, previously often known as Twitter, on Thursday laid out how the social media platform is tackling potential unlawful content material associated to the Israel-Hamas battle after one of many European Union’s prime regulators stated it had seen indicators that the service was getting used to unfold disinformation.

The militant Palestinian group Hamas launched an assault on Israel over the weekend. Hamas has been designated a terrorist group by the U.S., Japan, Australia, Israel, the European Union and plenty of different nations.

In a letter posted on X, Yaccarino stated that after the Hamas assault on Israel, the social media agency “assembled a management group to evaluate the scenario.”

X has “recognized and eliminated tons of of Hamas-affiliated accounts” because the begin of the conflict, Yaccarino stated.

The CEO additionally detailed the corporate’s insurance policies round violent speech, artificial or manipulated media and perpetrators of violent assaults.

“X is dedicated to serving the general public dialog, particularly in important moments like this and understands the significance of addressing any unlawful content material that could be disseminated by the platform,” Yaccarino stated.

“There is no such thing as a place on X for terrorist organizations or violent extremist teams and we proceed to take away such accounts in actual time, together with proactive efforts.”

EU reminds X of potential fines

Yaccarino’s letter comes after Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for inside market, on Wednesday gave X 24 hours to reply to a discover by which he stated the EU has “indications” that X is “getting used to disseminate unlawful content material and disinformation within the EU” after the “terrorist assaults carried out by Hamas in opposition to Israel.”

This 12 months, the EU launched the Digital Companies Act (DSA), a sweeping piece of regulation that forces on-line platforms to police unlawful content material extra aggressively or danger big fines.

Breton, in his letter to X proprietor Elon Musk, referred to as out a change within the social media agency’s public curiosity coverage, which defines which posts on the service may be stored up even when they go in opposition to the corporate’s personal content material guidelines. Breton stated that the modifications “left many European customers unsure.”

The EU commissioner additionally stated that there are stories of “faux and manipulated photos and information circulating” on X.

Breton additionally stated that he expects X to keep up a correspondence with related legislation enforcement authorities and Europol and reply “promptly” to their requests.

Yaccarino stated to this point, X has responded to greater than 80 take down requests obtained within the EU “inside required timelines in a diligent and goal method.” She requested the European Fee to “present extra element” of the alleged unlawful content material on X. The CEO added that the corporate has not obtained any notices from Europol regarding unlawful content material on the service.

Breton additionally despatched an identical letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week, urging him to be “vigilant” concerning content material in relation to the Israel-Hamas battle.

The EU continues to ramp up scrutiny of Huge Tech. In April, underneath the DSA, the European Fee designated 19 corporations, together with Apple and Amazon, as “very massive” on-line platforms, that means that they’ll come underneath nearer monitoring underneath the rules.



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