The EU says Elon Musk’s X has the most ‘false or misinformed posts’. World news


Elon Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) is the biggest outlet for disinformation, the European Union has warned, urging social media platforms to counter Russia’s “war of ideas”. European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova said the platforms needed to work before national and European elections next year.

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X (Twitter).(Reuters)
Elon Musk, chief executive officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X (Twitter).(Reuters)

“This is a multimillion-euro weapon of mass manipulation aimed internally at the Russians as well as the Europeans and the rest of the world,” said Vera Jourova, “The huge platforms must deal with this threat. In particular we have to expect the Kremlin and others to be active before our European elections.

“X, the former Twitter, which is no longer under the code, is the platform with the highest proportion of false or misinformed posts. The pilot also showed that misinformed actors could not provide their non-disinformation. Doers were found to have significantly more followers than their counterparts and tended to have joined the platform more recently than non-information users.”

The European Union has released reports on how each of the major tech companies, including Meta’s Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and ByteDance’s TikTok, is doing in the fight against misinformation on platforms.

Noting several steps taken by platforms to combat Russian influence, the European Commission vice president said Google had arrested more than 400 people involved in Russian influence operations in the first four months of the year. eliminated channels while Meta expanded its fact-checking partnership to 22 languages ​​in the European Union.

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