Social media is awash information and graphics the ongoing events in Israel and Gaza. There are concerns about how much the content posted online is fake. The European Union has just opened an investigation the social media site X, formerly known as Twitter. The EU says there is an alarming volume posts containing false information on X. EU officials have expressed concern that X was, "being used to disseminate illegal content and disinformation". X has until the end next week to answer a series of EU questions this content. Failure to satisfactorily address these issues could lead the EU to impose a fine X up to five per cent the company's daily global turnover.
The EU probe X comes under the bloc's Digital Services Act. This was established to monitor how large tech companies deal the hate speech posted their platforms, and how they police the Internet. An EU spokesperson advised X to introduce, "proportionate and effective mitigation measures" to identify and delete disinformation. He added: "We have, qualified sources, reports potentially illegal content circulating X, despite flags relevant authorities." Hundreds bogus accounts have been flooding the Internet harmful and inflammatory content. The CEO of X said the site had removed hundreds of these accounts. A social media expert lamented this was, "a drop the ocean".