Elon Musk’s X is the Biggest Supplier of Disinformation, Says EU official
The European Union (EU) has expressed concerns over the increasing prevalence of disinformation on social media platforms, particularly on X, formerly known as Twitter. As the EU faces upcoming national and European elections, it has raised the alarm about the potential for these platforms to be used as tools in Russia’s ‘war of ideas.’
Vera Jourova, the European Commission Vice President, described this as a multi-million euro weapon of mass manipulation targeting both Russians and the global population.
Disinformation on Platform X: A Cause for Concern
The EU has identified X, now owned by Elon Musk, as the platform with the highest ratio of disinformation posts. Disinformation actors on this platform were found to have significantly more followers and newer account creation dates than non-disinformation users. This finding underscores the potential for widespread disinformation campaigns to influence public opinion and disrupt democratic processes.
In response to the growing threat of disinformation, major tech companies have been implementing measures to combat its spread. For instance, Google has terminated over 400 channels linked to Russian influence operations, while Meta has extended fact-checking partnerships in 22 EU languages. These initiatives illustrate the tech industry’s recognition of its role in mitigating the impact of disinformation and its commitment to safeguarding the integrity of digital discourse.
New EU Law to Address Disinformation
In its ongoing efforts to combat disinformation, the EU has introduced a new law, the Digital Services Act. This law could force the world’s social media platforms to adopt new policies and practices to address accusations that they routinely host and popularize corrosive content. If successful, the law’s effects could extend far beyond Europe, potentially changing company policies in the United States and elsewhere.
While many major tech companies have signed up to the EU’s Code of Practice on Disinformation, X has yet to do so. The EU has urged X and its owner, Elon Musk, to comply with the bloc’s laws aimed at combating disinformation. The Digital Services Act now subjects the biggest online platforms, including X, to the highest level of scrutiny. The EU has made it clear that it will be closely monitoring these platforms’ compliance with the law.
The Fight Against Disinformation Continues
As the world becomes increasingly digital, the threat of disinformation continues to grow. Social media platforms, as key players in the digital space, have a crucial role to play in combating this threat. The EU’s new law represents a significant step towards holding these platforms accountable for the content they host. However, it also highlights the need for ongoing vigilance and action to protect the integrity of our digital discourse.
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