Musk's 'X' Takes Action Against Hamas-Affiliated Content  - The Top Society

Musk’s ‘X’ Takes Action Against Hamas-Affiliated Content 

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Elon Musk, CEO, X

X, the social media platform owned by Elon Musk, has swiftly responded to the surge of online disinformation, particularly concerning the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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X’s CEO, Linda Yaccarino, announced that the platform has removed hundreds of Hamas-affiliated accounts and has taken steps to label or remove “tens of thousands of pieces of content” in the aftermath of the recent Hamas attack on Israel.

The urgency for action was triggered by European Union Commissioner Thierry Breton, known as a “digital enforcer,” who expressed concerns about the spread of disinformation in the wake of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Breton issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Elon Musk, demanding measures to combat disinformation in compliance with the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA).

Yaccarino confirmed that X has also removed posts involving “violent speech, manipulated media, and graphic media.” 

“So far since the start of the conflict X has identified and removed hundreds of Hamas-affiliated accounts from the platform,” said the X CEO on the social media platform.

Furthermore, she stated that X has redirected resources and refocused internal teams to address the rapidly evolving situation. However, she did not specify the exact changes made to achieve these goals.

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“We wish to reiterate that we welcome further engagement with you and your team, including a meeting, to address any specific questions and look forward to receiving further specifics to which we can respond,” the X CEO said in the letter to EU official.

This response from X’s CEO comes shortly after Breton sent letters to Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Meta, Facebook, and Instagram, demanding details on how they are handling “illegal content and disinformation” on their platforms in alignment with the DSA.

Yaccarino noted that X has responded to over 80 takedown requests within the EU’s specified timelines but has not received notices from Europol regarding illegal content on the platform.

The Digital Services Act, which came into effect in August, requires large online platforms like X and Meta to remove illegal content and take measures to safeguard public security and civic discourse.

Non-compliance with the DSA can result in fines of up to six percent of a company’s global turnover.

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