Thierry Breton, the European Union’s industry chief, has initiated inquiries into three technology platforms concerning their decisions on moderating content, and this includes Elon Musk’s X.

EU's Breton confirms that three digital platforms, including X, are being investigated

The ‘X’ logo is visible at the pinnacle of the headquarters of the messaging platform ‘X,’ previously recognized as Twitter, located in downtown San Francisco, California, U.S., on July 30, 2023.

These tech giants have been under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks due to a rise in harmful content and the spread of disinformation, especially in the aftermath of the Hamas attack on Israel.

As per the comprehensive Digital Services Act implemented by the EU, significantly large technology platforms and search engines are required to take more proactive measures in addressing illegal content, mitigating risks to public security, and safeguarding their services against manipulative tactics.

EU's Breton confirms that three digital platforms, including X, are being investigated

Thierry Breton, the European Union Commissioner for Internal Market, participates in a roundtable discussion before the plenary session of EU defense ministers in Toledo, Spain, on August 30, 2023.

In a radio interview on France Inter, Breton didn’t mention the names of the other two platforms under investigation. He mentioned, “A judge may potentially issue a temporary ban if things don’t progress favorably.”

Reported by Martin Coulter, with editing by Jason Neely.

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