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Israel-Hamas conflict: X CEO, Linda Yaccarino responds to EU’s illegal content concerns 

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The CEO of X, Linda Yaccarino has responded to the European Commission’s concerns that the platform was allowing illegal content and disinformation about the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

Yaccarino in a response letter to the EU posted on her X page, said since the terrorist attack on Israel, the platform had taken action to remove or label tens of thousands of pieces of content, while Community Notes are visible on thousands of posts, generating millions of impressions.

She said X has also been ‘responding promptly to law enforcement requests from around the world, including EU member states. Yaccarino also explained to the EU how the platform has been enforcing its rules to fight disinformation.

According to her, shortly after the news broke about the Hamas attack, X assembled a leadership group to assess the situation.

She added that the company had so far responded to more than 80 take-down requests received in the EU within the required timelines since the beginning of the conflict.

Highlighting the rules the platform has put in place to guard against disinformation and violent posts, Yaccarino said:

Yaccarino added that X’s sensitive media policy also restricts users from posting and sharing media that contains graphic content, adult nudity, and sexual behaviour.

She added that  X is committed to transparency, safety, and the successful implementation of the European Digital Service Act (DSA) and would continue to take all appropriate steps to that end.

The EU had in an open letter to Elon Musk on Wednesday, gave the billionaire owner of X 24 hours to respond by complying with the European regulations around illegal content or face sanction, which could result in fines worth 6% of the company’s annual revenue.

In a letter posted on X, European commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, there are indications that groups are spreading misinformation and “violent and terrorist” content on X, and urged the billionaire to respond within a 24-hour period.

The letter came after numerous researchers, news organizations and other groups have documented a rise of misleading, false, and questionable content on X, creating confusion about the current conflict. Specifically, Cyabra, an Israeli analysis firm that has tracked bot accounts on Twitter/X, historically found a huge amount of fake accounts spreading pro-Hamas propaganda on the platform.

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