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Platform X Resembles The Outlet of Russia Disinformation, EU Says

Big tech must do more to combat disinformation, Jourova says

Many online platforms have joined the new voluntary EU code

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Elon Musk’s X was cited as the biggest outlet for peddlers of disinformation as the European Union urged Silicon Valley platforms to step up their vigilance to combat Russia’s “war of ideas.”

European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova said platforms need to act ahead of national and European elections over the next year.

“This is a multi-million euro weapon of mass manipulation aimed both internally at the Russians as well as Europeans and the rest of the world,” Jourova told reporters Tuesday. “The very large platforms must address this risk. Especially that we have to expect that the Kremlin and others will be active before our European elections.”

The EU released reports on how each of the major tech companies, including Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook, Alphabet Inc.’s Google and ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok, are faring in the battle against disinformation.

“X, former Twitter, who is not under the code anymore, is the platform with the largest ratio of mis- or disinformation posts,” Jourova said. “The pilot also showed that disinformation actors were found to have significantly more followers than their non-disinformation counterparts and tend to have joined the platform more recently than non-disinformation users.”



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