Social Media Cracks Down On Israel-Palestine Conflict

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( – The European Union has called for Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, to remain “vigilant” in removing disinformation and “illegal content” from their platforms following the war between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that is in control of Gaza. 

Internal Market EU’s commissioner Thierry Breton sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to ensure that this type of disinformation is not widely shared within the European Union. He also called for Zuckerberg to ensure that the users of the platform are complying with the Digital Services Act, which is a set of rules that the EU enacted to regulate online platforms. 

Breton pointed out that after Meta receives information about illegal content on their platform they are required to take measures immediately to mitigate this type of content. A similar warning was also sent to X, formerly known as Twitter, in which they were warned that the platform had been used for spreading illegal content across Europe. 

In that letter, the commissioner had alleged that it was possible that such content continued to be circulated on X, despite the fact that authorities had told Elon Musk, the platform’s owner, that it was necessary for him to take action to remove such content. 

He further called for Musk to be clear on what type of content was legally permitted on the platform. In recent days criticisms on the type of content allowed on X have grown as the platform has been used for spreading a lot of misinformation about the Israel-Hamas war. 

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