EU cracks down on Israel-Hamas disinformation on social media

The European Union (EU) is issuing stern warnings to tech giants such as X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, demanding that they swiftly remove illegal content and disinformation from their platforms or face significant legal consequences.

This comes in the wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Hamas, which has led to a surge in misinformation on social media, including manipulated images and false videos.

EU industry chief Thierry Breton has personally reached out to tech moguls Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, urging them to take immediate action to curb disinformation and ensure compliance with European law.

Breton has given these companies a mere 24-hour deadline to demonstrate how they will stop the spread of harmful content. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, has also reminded all social media companies of their legal obligation to prevent the dissemination of harmful content associated with Hamas, categorizing it as terrorist content.

The EU’s recent implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA) now requires major online platforms to not only remove illegal content but also take measures to protect public security and civic discourse. Failure to comply with the DSA could result in fines of up to six per cent of a company’s global turnover, potentially leading to a ban from operating in Europe.

Germany’s Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency has also announced its departure from X due to an upsurge in hate speech, particularly since Elon Musk’s involvement. The agency criticized X for hosting anti-trans and homophobic hostility, racism, misogyny, anti-semitism, and other misanthropic content.

The sources for this piece include articles in Reuters, DW, CNBC, and BBC.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
The online resource for Canadian Information Technology professionals.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

ITW in your inbox

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

More Best of The Web