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Over two dozen Democratic members of Congress have expressed serious concerns about the social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, and its handling of “misinformation” and violent content related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

In a letter addressed to X’s CEO Linda Yaccarino and owner Elon Musk, these lawmakers criticized the platform for what they perceive as its failure to effectively moderate content that promotes misinformation and propagates violent or terroristic material.

The letter, signed by notable representatives including Dan Goldman, Jamie Raskin, Jerry Nadler, Bennie Thompson, Katie Porter, and Adam Schiff, refers to reports by the Tech Transparency Project and Institute for Strategic Dialogue. These reports highlight instances where both X Premium and standard accounts on the platform disseminated content linked to Hamas, a Palestinian militant group classified as a terrorist organization by the United States.

The lawmakers raised concerns that X might be profiting from such content through subscription fees from X Premium accounts and ad revenues. The letter also accuses X of benefiting from subscribers who share misleading and false information about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

This comes as the platform has faced mounting criticism for apparent lapses in content moderation, and an ongoing advertiser withdrawal fueled by reports accusing X of associating mainstream brand advertisements with extremist content.

Elon Musk, who has recently been embroiled in controversy over responding to a post with antisemitic undertones, responded by initiating legal action against Media Matters for America, claiming manipulation of the platform’s algorithm for report generation.


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