Elon Musk, the owner of X (formerly Twitter), announced that a team working on curbing misinformation during elections has been dismissed. This comes just two days after the EU’s digital chief singled out X as the platform with the most false information. Musk responded to reports about the cuts by saying that the team was undermining election integrity and that they are now gone. It has been reported that several Ireland-based staff working on a threat-disruption team, including senior manager Aaron Rodericks, were fired. However, Rodericks has obtained a court order to halt disciplinary action as he allegedly liked critical tweets about the company. EU Vice President Vera Jourová recently warned that X has the largest ratio of posts containing misinformation or disinformation. She also urged tech companies to prepare for upcoming elections, particularly highlighting the risk of Russian interference. X is required to comply with the EU’s content rules, known as the Digital Services Act, and failure to do so could result in significant fines.
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