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Elon Musk’s X Faces Eu commission Probe Over Content Controversies

X On November 29, X owner Elon Musk responded emphatically to advertisers who had departed the platform due to concerns about antisemitic content and a report on hate speech. This exodus followed instances of advertisers' content being displayed alongside pro-Nazi material under specific search conditions, as revealed by a Media Matters report in November.In response
Elon Musk's X Faces EU commission Probe Over Content Controversies
On November 29, X owner Elon Musk responded emphatically to advertisers who had departed the platform due to concerns about antisemitic content and a report on hate speech. This exodus followed instances of advertisers’ content being displayed alongside pro-Nazi material under specific search conditions, as revealed by a Media Matters report in November.

In response to these issues, the European Commission initiated formal proceedings to investigate X, previously known as Twitter, over its handling of content related to the terrorist group Hamas’ attacks against Israel. The inquiry, launched under the Digital Services Act, aims to assess X’s compliance with regulations regarding misinformation and illegal content.

Specifically, the investigation will scrutinize the effectiveness of X’s Community Notes, policies mitigating risks to civic discourse and electoral processes, and the platform’s blue check mark system, which the commission suspects of having a deceptive design.

The European Commission also expressed concerns about perceived shortcomings in X’s efforts to enhance the transparency of publicly available data on the platform. The proceedings grant the Commission the authority to take enforcement measures, such as interim measures and non-compliance decisions, and to consider commitments made by X to address the issues under investigation.

Musk, a prominent figure in the crypto space, had not publicly commented on the European Commission’s investigation at the time of publication. It is noteworthy that Musk is known for his involvement in the crypto market, advocating for tokens like Dogecoin (DOGE) and making notable Bitcoin (BTC) purchases during his tenure at Tesla and SpaceX, while also being at the center of debates on free speech on social media.

Elon Musk, who implemented controversial policies at X following his acquisition of Twitter in 2022, faced criticism for decisions such as reducing the trust and safety team, cutting content moderators, and altering the blue check verification system.

Wasif Shakir

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