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The European Commission has issued a directive to Meta and TikTok, demanding information on their efforts to combat the dissemination of terrorist, violent content, and hate speech.
Enforced under the Digital Services Act (DSA), online platforms are now mandated to intensify their actions against illegal and detrimental content. Non-compliance could result in penalties amounting to up to 6% of their worldwide revenue.
As specified by the Commission, “Meta must provide the requested information… by 25 October 2023 for questions related to the crisis response and by 8 November 2023 on the protection of the integrity of elections.” Similarly, TikTok has been instructed to present details “by 25 October 2023 for questions related to the crisis response and by 8 November 2023 on the protection of integrity of elections and minors online.”
This move comes as EU officials continue to highlight the spread of “misinformation” following the attacks by Hamas on Israel.