X CEO Addresses EU Allegations of ‘Illegal’ Content Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict

         

Summary: The CEO of X, formerly known as Twitter, has responded to allegations from the EU regarding the spread of illegal content related to the Israel-Hamas conflict. In a letter, the CEO outlined the steps taken by the social media platform to address the issue, including the removal of numerous Hamas-affiliated accounts. The CEO emphasized X’s commitment to removing terrorist organizations and violent extremist groups from the platform. The EU has given X 24 hours to respond to the allegations.

The CEO of X, formerly known as Twitter, has addressed allegations made by the European Union (EU) regarding the spread of illegal content in relation to the Israel-Hamas conflict. In a letter posted on X, the CEO outlined the measures taken by the social media platform to tackle the issue. Following the Hamas attack on Israel, X assembled a leadership group to assess the situation and has since identified and removed hundreds of Hamas-affiliated accounts.

The CEO also highlighted X’s policies on violent speech, synthetic or manipulated media, and perpetrators of violent attacks. The letter emphasized X’s commitment to serving the public conversation, especially during critical moments, by addressing any illegal content that may be disseminated through the platform. The CEO stated that there is no place on X for terrorist organizations or violent extremist groups and that proactive efforts are made to remove such accounts in real time.

The EU’s commissioner for internal market, Thierry Breton, had given X 24 hours to respond to a notice that expressed concerns over illegal content and disinformation being spread on the platform. Breton called out changes in X’s public interest policy and stated that the changes had left many European users uncertain. He also mentioned reports of fake and manipulated images and facts circulating on X. The commissioner expects X to be in contact with law enforcement authorities and to respond promptly to their requests. X has already responded to over 80 takedown requests received in the EU.

In response to the allegations, the CEO asked the European Commission for more detail on the alleged illegal content. It was mentioned that X has not received any notices from Europol regarding illegal content on the platform. Breton also sent a similar letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging vigilance concerning content related to the Israel-Hamas conflict. The EU has been increasing scrutiny of Big Tech companies, and the Digital Services Act introduced this year requires online platforms to police illegal content more aggressively or face significant fines.

Tags: X, EU, illegal content, Israel-Hamas conflict, social media platform, Hamas

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