The European Union is set to investigate X for possible violations of disinformation laws.

The European Union has initiated an inquiry into the social media entity X, previously identified as Twitter, for a potential violation of obligations. This investigation marks the first under the Digital Services Act (DSA), which became effective in November of the preceding year. The DSA mandates that major online platforms and search engines enhance efforts to address illicit content, mitigate risks to public security, and fortify their services against manipulative tactics.

The examination will specifically target efforts to counter the spread of unlawful content within the EU and assess the efficacy of measures implemented to combat information manipulation, with a particular focus on the “community notes” system, as stated by the Commission.

The investigation into X (formerly Twitter) will also examine the steps taken by the platform to enhance transparency and the potential deceptive design of its user interface, such as the use of checkmarks associated with subscription products, known as Blue checks.

The European Commission has announced its intention to conduct a thorough investigation on a priority basis. This involves gathering additional evidence through requests for information, interviews, and inspections. X, which is owned by Elon Musk, is among the major tech companies facing heightened scrutiny under the Digital Services Act (DSA).

In response to recent events, including Hamas’ attacks on Israel, EU industry chief Thierry Breton reminded X, Meta, TikTok, and Alphabet of their obligations under the DSA to address harmful and illegal content. While platforms promptly responded, Musk challenged Breton regarding the disinformation charge. Among the companies contacted, only X received a formal request for information under the DSA and has responded accordingly.

The preliminary investigation considered X’s report from September, its transparency report published in November, and its responses to the formal request for information related to illegal content concerning Hamas’ attacks on Israel. X, owned by Elon Musk, has not provided an immediate response to Reuters’ requests for comment.

It’s noteworthy that the DSA introduces new regulations regarding content moderation, user privacy, and transparency. Companies found in violation could face fines of up to 6% of their global turnover.

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