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EU warns Twitter to moderate content on disinformation or face ban

The European Union, EU has called on social media sites owners to address issues of content moderation, disinformation and targeted adverts or risk possible ban.

To this end, it has warned the owner of Twitter, Elon Musk to ensure his platform complies with the EU rule on disinformation or face sanctions.

This has become imperative as the EU’s Digital Service Act is going to take effect soon.

The European Union commissioner, Thierry Breton stated this after a meeting with Elon Musk on Wednesday.

Approved by the European Union earlier this year, the Digital Services Act is seen as the biggest overhaul of rules governing online activity in decades, imposing new obligations on companies to prevent abuse of their platforms.

Companies that violates the Act will be facing fines of up to 6% global turnover or a ban if the violation is done repeatedly.

In a statement, Mr Breton, notes that he appreciates Musk’s assurances of Twitter’s readiness to comply.

“Let’s also be clear that there is still huge work ahead, as Twitter will have to implement transparent user policies, significantly reinforce content moderation and protect freedom of speech, tackle disinformation with resolve, and limit targeted advertising,”.

All of this requires sufficient AI (Artificial Intelligence) and human resources, both in volumes and skills. I look forward to progress in all these areas and we will come to assess Twitter’s readiness on site.” The statement notes.

The EU plans to conduct a “stress test” in 2023 ahead of a wider audit, his office said.

Since his $44bn takeover of Twitter last month, Mr Musk has fired thousands of staff, reinstated formerly banned users such as Donald Trump and stopped enforcing other policies, such as rules supporting misleading information on COVID-19.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu