European Commission demands clarity from Meta and TikTok on handling of disinformation

The European Commission has asked Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, and TikTok to provide more clarity on the measures they take against the spread of illegal content and disinformation. Last week, X (formerly Twitter) received a similar request for information.

The formal request is part of Europe's new Digital Services Act (DSA). As "very large online platforms", Meta and TikTok are obliged to assess their systemic risks to the protection of their users.

Specifically, Meta will be asked to explain how it ensures that the integrity of elections is not compromised and that the spread of illegal content and disinformation is stopped in the context of the Israeli-Hamas conflict. As for TikTok, the Commission has questions about the company's policy to stop terrorist and other violent content and hate speech, and to counter disinformation. TikTok must also explain how it protects minors.

Both companies have until 25 October to provide initial answers and until 8 November to respond to all questions. The Commission will then decide on further action. Failure to provide the information requested could lead to fines.

Elon Musk denies rumours

The Commission has requested the same from X last week, after it received evidence that the site may be contributing to the spread of violent content and hate speech. X has until 31 October to answer all the Commission's questions.

Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that X owner Elon Musk was considering withdrawing the site from Europe because of his dissatisfaction with the DSA law. Musk himself has denied these rumours.



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