Israel-Hamas Conflict: European Union Issues Warning to Meta to Remove Misinformation from Social Media
Israel-Hamas Conflict: European Union Issues Warning to Meta to Remove Misinformation from Social Media

European Union Commissioner Thierry Breton has penned a letter to Meta's owner, Mark Zuckerberg, instructing them to remove disinformation from social media in the wake of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Breton's Warning to Meta

In his letter, Thierry Breton issues a stern warning, giving Meta a 24-hour ultimatum to remove illicit posts from popular social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. It's worth noting that Mark Zuckerberg also owns Threads.

Unverified Photos and Videos Circulate

Following the recent attacks by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip into Israel, and Israel's response, unverified photos and videos began circulating on social media. These posts depicted destruction of buildings and homes in both Israel and Gaza, as well as other content that portrayed acts of violence.

Penalties for Meta if Disinformation Persists

Under the European Union's Digital Services Act, if Meta fails to effectively combat disinformation related to the conflict on their platform, they could face hefty penalties. Meta might be required to pay fines amounting to 6% of their global annual revenue.

Previous Warning to Twitter

It's worth mentioning that the EU had previously issued a warning to Twitter, formerly known as Ex-Twitter, about the same issue.

Social Media Firms Grapple with Conflict-Related Misinformation

In the backdrop of attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas on Israel and Israel's retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, social media platforms have witnessed a surge in misleading information. This includes graphic images, as well as misleading videos with false captions. The EU has adopted a strict stance on social media companies in response. As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to unfold, the European Union is determined to combat the spread of disinformation and hold social media companies accountable for their role in controlling the narrative.

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