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Platform X: EU Commission opens proceedings against X for false information

The EU Commission has opened formal proceedings against the online service X (formerly Twitter) for spreading false information. The Commission announced that the authority had initiated investigations under the Digital Services Act due to, among other things, the “dissemination of illegal content”. The authority has already made a request for information – but the company is said to have not responded satisfactorily.

According to its own statements, the commission also wants to check whether the so-called blue ticks on the platform can have a “deceptive” effect. Owner Elon Musk introduced a subscription model on X with which users can buy the blue tick. The hook had previously indicated the authenticity of the profiles of institutions and celebrities. The Commission also suspects that X is not releasing sufficient data about advertisements on the platform.

X was previously warned in October for spreading false information related to the war between Israel and Hamas. Under the Digital Services Act, which came into force at the end of August, internet companies are obliged, among other things, to take action against disinformation on their platforms. According to a study by the EU Commission, X has the largest proportion of such false information.

Critics accuse Musk of having sharply scaled back content moderation and cracking down on hate speech and misinformation since taking over Twitter last year.

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