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Twitter Withdraws From The EU's Voluntary Anti-Fake News Code

Twitter Withdraws From The EU's Voluntary Anti-Fake News Code
According to the European Union, Twitter has left the voluntary code in an effort to combat misinformation. The EU's internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton, tweeted the news, but he also cautioned that the strict new standards would need compliance.
"Obligations remain. You can run but you can't hide," he said.
From August 25, Twitter will be compelled by law to combat misinformation in the EU, he said, adding, "Our teams will be ready for enforcement."
Twitter has not responded to a request for comment or confirmed its position on the code.
The EU's disinformation code has been endorsed by dozens of tech companies, both large and small, including Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, as well as TikTok, Google, Microsoft, and Twitch.
The code, which was introduced in June of last year, seeks to decrease profiteering from fake news and disinformation, increase transparency, and stop the growth of bots and phoney accounts.
Companies who sign the code are free to select the commitments they want to make, such as working with fact-checkers or monitoring political advertising.
According to reports, Elon Musk's ownership of Twitter has significantly lowered moderation, which critics claim has allowed the propagation of misinformation to flourish.
However, analysts and former Twitter workers claim that the majority of these specialists left their positions or were fired. The social media company once had a dedicated team that tried to combat coordinated disinformation campaigns.
The BBC discovered hundreds of official propaganda accounts from China and Russia were active on Twitter last month.
Musk, the head of Twitter, maintains that since he took control in October of last year, there has been "less misinformation rather than more."
The EU has also introduced the Digital Services Act, a statute that compels businesses to take further measures to combat illicit online content, in addition to the voluntary code.
From August 25, platforms with more than 45 million active users per month in the EU—including Twitter—must abide by the DSA's legislative requirements.
Twitter will be required by legislation to implement measures to combat the spread of misinformation, provide users with a way to identify illegal content, and respond "expeditiously" to notifications.
A European Commission official was quoted as saying this on Friday by the AFP news agency: "If (Elon Musk) doesn't take the code seriously, then it's better that he quits."

Christopher J. Mitchell

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