EU Opens Formal DSA Investigation Into X in Wake of Israel-Hamas War

By Brad Pareso 

X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, may have broken the European Union’s tough new Digital Services Act rules, regulators said as they announced the opening of formal investigations Monday. (The Verge)

The four investigations focus on X’s failure to comply with rules to counter illegal content and disinformation, as well as rules on transparency on advertising and data access for researchers. They will also scrutinize whether X misled its users by changing its so-called blue checks, which were initially launched as a verification tool but now serve as an indicator that a user is paying a subscription fee. (Politico)

The EU has already called out X as the worst place online for fake news, and officials have exhorted owner Elon Musk, who bought the platform one year ago, to do more to clean it up. The European Commission quizzed X over its handling of hate speech, misinformation and violent terrorist content related to the Israel-Hamas war after the conflict erupted. (Fast Company)

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Under the DSA, which came into force in August, a company can be fined 6% of its global income or be banned from operating across the EU if it is found to have breached the law. (The Guardian)

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