Is X Our Last Line of Defense in the Fight for Free Thought and Speech?
The European Union (an unelected body) has officially launched an investigation into Elon Musk’s social media platform, X (formerly known as Twitter), for its alleged role in disseminating illegal content and disinformation.
E.U. Commissioner Thierry Breton revealed the news via a post on X, marking the commencement of formal infringement proceedings against the platform. The investigation is centered around accusations of X’s failure to comply with its obligations to counter illegal content, disinformation, and transparency obligations, as well as alleged deceptive design of its user interface.
Today we open formal infringement proceedings against @X :— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) December 18, 2023
⚠️ Suspected breach of obligations to counter #IllegalContent and #Disinformation
⚠️ Suspected breach of #Transparency obligations
⚠️ Suspected #DeceptiveDesign of user interface#DSA pic.twitter.com/NxKIif603k
This probe is notably the first of its kind since the implementation of the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) in August. The DSA, which imposes stringent regulations on online platforms serving over 45 million active monthly users in the EU, already impacts major platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, Bing, and Google.
The EU classified X as a Very Large Online Platform (VLOP) in April 2023, following X’s declaration of having 112 million monthly active users in the region. The DSA’s mandate is to curb illegal and harmful online activities, particularly the spread of disinformation.
A focal point of the EU’s inquiry will be X’s handling of content related to Hamas’ terrorist activities against Israel and the effectiveness of its measures to prevent information manipulation. The probe will scrutinize X’s transparency efforts and the design of its user interface, particularly concerning the platform’s “Community Notes” feature and the distribution of ‘Blue check’ marks, which are now available to all users for a monthly subscription fee.
X has previously submitted a risk assessment report to the EU and responded to requests for information, indicating its commitment to compliance with the DSA. However, this formal investigation, which involves information requests, interviews, and inspections, is not bound by any legal deadline.
E.U. Commissioner Breton emphasized the end of an era where big online platforms could act with impunity, stating that the DSA’s clear rules, oversight, and enforcement mechanisms will protect citizens and democracies. X’s head of business operations, Joe Benarroch, responded by reaffirming the platform’s dedication to complying with the DSA, maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for users, and upholding freedom of expression.
Like Alex Jones, many believe this attack on X is the last stand between the globalist agenda to silence the population and freedom of speech.
𝘌𝘔𝘌𝘙𝘎𝘌𝘕𝘊𝘠 𝘉𝘙𝘌𝘈𝘒𝘐𝘕𝘎 𝘕𝘌𝘞𝘚 – EU Officially Comes For Elon Musk!— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) December 19, 2023
Unelected Body Launches Plan To Silence Americans Ahead Of 2024 Election. This Amounts To A Foreign Coup! #DefendElon
Report: https://t.co/IX8RW0nnNs pic.twitter.com/5xTz1UJ6eg
The EU’s inquiry into X is just the latest chapter in the ongoing battle for free speech on a global scale. Throughout history, governments and organizations have sought to regulate and control the flow of information, often citing concerns over public safety and national security. The rise of digital platforms and social media has only amplified this debate, as these platforms have become essential tools for communication and the exchange of ideas.
The EU’s inquiry into X represents a critical moment in this ongoing struggle. The outcome of this investigation could have far-reaching implications for the future of free speech and the role of digital platforms in shaping the global conversation.
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