Elon Musk, the CEO of X (formerly Twitter), has been cautioned by the European Commission due to a concerning report which revealed that X had the highest rate of false information posts among major social media platforms. The European Commission cautioned Musk, stating they would closely monitor his company’s actions on disinformation.
EU Commissioner Warns Elon Musk: X Faces Disinformation Scrutiny Despite Leaving Code of Practice
Following the EU’s implementation of new disinformation laws, X has opted out of the EU’s code of practice meant to ensure compliance with these regulations. However, the EU emphasizes that X remains subject to these laws and potential consequences, including a ban.
European Commissioner Věra Jourová stresses the importance of X complying with the regulations.
“There are obligations under the hard law. So my message for Twitter/X is you have to comply. We will be watching what you do. Mr. Musk knows he is not off the hook by leaving the code of practice.”Věra Jourová
EU Report Identifies X and Facebook as Disinformation Concerns Under DSA
The EU’s recent report assessed posts that might violate the new Digital Services Act (DSA), effective since August. Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Microsoft, all complying with the DSA, were analyzed.
However, X, opting out, did not share data, including fact-checking measures. The report highlights X as the top platform for disinformation posts, followed closely by Facebook. The EU is especially worried about potential Russian hacker interference in upcoming European elections. This follows the recent hacking of Donald Trump Jr.’s X account.