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Elon Musk’s X Defends Actions Against Disinformation on Israel-Gaza Conflict

The European Union (EU) has accused X of failing to address lies surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Elon Musk’s social media platform, X, has responded to allegations by the European Union (EU) that it fails to address disinformation surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict. 

The CEO of X, Linda Yaccarino, stated in a letter to EU internal market commissioner Thierry Breton that the platform had taken extensive action to remove or label tens of thousands of content related to the conflict.

Heated Exchange with EU’s “Digital Enforcer”:

Breton, often referred to as the EU’s “digital enforcer,” had previously accused X of permitting the circulation of “violent and terrorist content” and demanded that Musk and Mark Zuckerberg provide details on their efforts to combat illegal content and disinformation. 

The EU can fine platforms up to six percent of their global turnover if they fail to address illegal content under the Digital Service Act (DSA).

Proactive Measures and Removal of Content:

Yaccarino’s letter highlighted X’s proactive measures, including removing hundreds of accounts linked to Hamas, the Gaza militant organization, since the recent outbreak of violence. 

The platform also took down posts involving violent speech, manipulated media, and graphic content.

The Role of “Community Notes”:

The letter emphasized the significance of the “community notes” system, which enables users to correct or provide context to one another’s messages. 

Yaccarino reported that over 700 notes were added to posts within the first four days of the Israel-Gaza conflict, reaching tens of millions of users.

Ongoing Concerns and Challenges:

Despite the platform’s actions, Elon Musk’s leadership and X’s response to the Israel-Gaza situation have faced criticism, including the removal of a post recommending unreliable accounts and the presence of fake information on various platforms. 

The EU recently rated X as the worst major platform for illegal online content, with Musk withdrawing from a voluntary EU code of practice to combat disinformation.

X’s Commitment to Address Disinformation:

X continues to address disinformation and confronts the challenges tied to content moderation, particularly during sensitive global events such as the Israel-Gaza conflict. 

The exchange between X and the EU underscores the importance of tackling disinformation on social media platforms.

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