European Commissioner Thierry Breton has despatched a letter to Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, reminding him concerning the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) to maintain unlawful content material and disinformation from being shared on YouTube associated to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
In the letter, additionally addressed to YoutTube CEO Neal Mohan, Breton stated that following the terrorist assaults carried out by Hamas in opposition to Israel, “we are seeing a surge of illegal content and disinformation being disseminated in the EU via certain platforms”.
“I would like to remind you that you have a particular obligation to protect the millions of children and teenagers using your platforms in the EU from violent content depicting hostage taking and other graphic videos,” the commissioner stated late on Friday.
It means having applicable and proportionate measures in place to make sure a excessive degree of privateness, security and safety for minors, he added.
Breton has already warned X, Meta and TikTook on eradicating terrorist propaganda and manipulated content material, equivalent to repurposed movies or clickbaits, from their respective platforms.
He informed Pichai that “when you receive notices of illegal content in the EU, you must be timely, diligent and objective in taking action and removing the relevant content when warranted”.
“Given the urgency, I also expect you to be in contact with the relevant law enforcement authorities and Europol and ensure that you respond promptly to their requests,” stated Breton.
In the context of elections, he informed Pichai that the DSA requires that the danger of amplification of faux and manipulated pictures and details generated with the intention to affect elections is taken extraordinarily significantly within the context of mitigation measures.
“I invite you to inform my team on the details of the measures you have taken to mitigate any deepfakes, also in the light of upcoming elections in Poland, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Belgium, Croatia, Romania and Austria, and the European Parliament elections,” stated Breton.
“As you know, following the opening of a potential investigation and a finding of non-compliance, penalties can be imposed,” he added.
Earlier, Meta stated that because the terrorist assaults by Hamas on Israel and Israel’s response in Gaza, “expert teams from across our company have been working around the clock to monitor our platforms, while protecting people’s ability to use our apps to shed light on important developments happening on the ground”.
“In the three days following October 7, we removed or marked as disturbing more than 795,000 pieces of content for violating these policies in Hebrew and Arabic,” the social community stated in a weblog put up.
As in comparison with the 2 months prior, within the three days following October 7, “we have removed seven times as many pieces of content on a daily basis for violating our Dangerous Organisations and Individuals policy in Hebrew and Arabic alone,” Meta added.
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