EU Investigates Elon Musk’s X for Spreading Illegal Content

The relationship between Elon Musk and the European Union deteriorated additional on Monday, with the bloc launching a proper investigation into the best way X has been run because the billionaire took over final yr.

Senior officers from the European Commission mentioned they have been involved a couple of vary of recent options which have been added to X beneath Musk, in addition to the best way violent content material associated to the Hamas assault on Israel was allowed to unfold with out persistently being labeled with a graphic content material warning.

EU officers additionally mentioned they might be investigating whether or not customers on the platform are being misled in regards to the trustworthiness of people that pay for blue checkmarks—a characteristic that was beforehand reserved for verified customers equivalent to celebrities, public figures, or journalists. Since Musk’s takeover, the platform has allotted blue checks to paying subscribers, a characteristic that researchers say has been leveraged to unfold scams and disinformation.

Another focus for the investigation is whether or not Community Notes—X’s crowdsourced fact-check program—can work in languages apart from English or intervene quick sufficient throughout elections.

Other issues raised by the EU embrace the best way customers can notify X once they have seen unlawful content material and whether or not the platform is simply too targeted on the English language in its content material moderation operations. X has greater than 2,000 English-speaking moderators, however just one Dutch-speaking moderator and one Polish moderator, in accordance with a tally the corporate launched final month.

With the investigation, X turns into the primary main platform to face a proper probe for violating guidelines included within the European Union’s new Digital Services Act, which has the ability to inform tech firms to vary the best way they function or wonderful them as much as 6 p.c of their world income. “Today’s opening of formal proceedings against X makes it clear that, with the DSA, the time of big online platforms behaving like they are ‘too big to care’ has come to an end,” mentioned Thierry Breton, the EU’s inner markets commissioner. An in-depth investigation will now happen.

“X remains committed to complying with the Digital Services Act,” firm spokesperson Joe Benarroch informed WIRED, including that the platform is cooperating with regulators. “It is important that this process remains free of political influence and follows the law.”