EU Launches Investigation into Elon Musk's X Platform under New Digital Services Act

Europe
Thu, 21 Dec 2023 10:13 GMT
In a groundbreaking move, the European Union announced on Monday that it is initiating an investigation into Elon Musk's online platform, X.
EU Launches Investigation into Elon Musk's X Platform under New Digital Services Act

This development marks the first instance of a tech company facing scrutiny under Europe's recently implemented, stringent regulations aimed at purifying social media and shielding users from harmful online content.

European Commissioner Thierry Breton confirmed the initiation of formal infringement proceedings against @X under the Digital Services Act in a post on the platform, formerly known as Twitter. Musk, in response, raised questions about whether the EU would extend similar scrutiny to other social media sites.

The 27-nation bloc has escalated pressure on X, having requested information from the company in October regarding its approach to handling hate speech, misinformation, and violent terrorist content linked to the Israel-Hamas war. This case serves as a pivotal test for the Digital Services Act, a crucial component of the EU's innovative regulations designed to curb the influence of tech companies.

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