Illegal content on Elon Musk's X leads to EU investigation
The European Union on Monday announced a formal investigation into Elon Musk-owned social media platform
The inquiry is perhaps the most significant regulatory outcome yet for X, which has eased its content moderation policies since Mr Musk bought the service, once known as Twitter, last year. According to researchers, the company's new policies have led to an increase in inflammatory content on the platform, forcing brands to reduce advertising.
After X, the EU is using its new powers for the first time after passing a new law called the Digital Services Act last year. The policy gives regulators sweeping new powers to force social media companies to police their platforms for hate speech, misinformation and other divisive content.
The European Commission, the 27-nation bloc's executive arm, had signaled its intention to look more closely at X's business practices. In October, regulators launched a preliminary investigation into the spread of “terrorist and violent content and hate speech” on X following the start of the Israel–Gaza conflict.
Under the Digital Services Act, companies may have to pay a fine of up to 6 percent of global revenue.
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