In a notable move, the European Commissioner for Internal Trade and Services, Thierry Breton, recently sent letters to Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Meta, and Elon Musk, the owner of the social network X, emphasizing the need for swift action against misinformation on their respective platforms.
Common Goals: Tackling Misinformation
Both letters shared a common focus – the urgent removal of misinformation from social network pages under their ownership and a requirement for responses within 24 hours.
Europe’s Digital Services Act (DSA)
Breton’s letter to Mark Zuckerberg stressed the significance of Europe’s Digital Services Act (DSA), which places specific responsibilities on companies regarding content moderation. Failure to adhere to these DSA requirements could result in fines of up to 6% of a company’s total income, as emphasized by Mr. Breton.
In light of these concerns, the European Commissioner called on Mark Zuckerberg to promptly inform his office of the measures that Meta has taken to combat deepfakes and disinformation, adds NIXSolutions. Notably, Thierry Breton chose to use an alternative platform, Bluesky, created by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, for his appeal, as registration on this platform is currently available by invitation only.