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Elon Musk hits back at EU's claims that disinformation and fake news is...

• By NATASHA ANDERSON and PAUL FARRELL

has responded to the European Union's concerns that the social media platform was ignoring fake news being spread through Hamas-affiliated accounts amid the conflict in Israel.

Elon Musk, alongside Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, had been warned to take action to crack down on the spread of this disinformation and fake, misleading content by Thierry Breton, European Union commissioner and self-styled 'digital enforcer.'

In a new three-page letter, chief executive Linda Yaccarino said the company had 'taken action to remove or label tens of thousands of pieces of content' and 'responded to 80 requests to take down content from the EU within the required timelines.'

has responded to the European Union's concerns that the social media platform was ignoring fake news being spread through Hamas-affiliated accounts amid the conflict in Israel.

Elon Musk, alongside Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, had been warned to take action to crack down on the spread of this disinformation and fake, misleading content by Thierry Breton, European Union commissioner and self-styled 'digital enforcer.'

In a new three-page letter, chief executive Linda Yaccarino said the company had 'taken action to remove or label tens of thousands of pieces of content' and 'responded to 80 requests to take down content from the EU within the required timelines.'

Breton demanded X and Meta provide details within 24 hours on how 'illegal content and disinformation' is being removed from their platforms in line with the EU's new Digital Service Act (DSA).

The CEO said that at the time Breton made his concerns public, the company had not been contacted by Europol regarding illegal content. 

The legislation, which came into effect for large platforms in August, bans illegal online content under threat of fines running as high as six percent of a company's global turnover.

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