EU expresses worry over Twitter's content control policies

EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders advised IT firms to examine their content moderation practices and address the deficiencies immediately . The EU results revealed a significant decrease in company notice-and-action numbers .

Brussels, Belgium, November 25: Brussels, Belgium — A senior EU official has expressed concern about recent layoffs at Twitter and flaws in the social media content moderation regimes.The latest layoffs @Twitter and today's findings of the Code of Conduct against #Hate Speech are also triggering concern.In a subsequent tweet, EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders advised IT firms to examine their content moderation practices and address the deficiencies immediately in my meeting at Twitters HQ.According to him, it is disappointing that the majority of IT firms that participate in the EU Code of Conduct have slowed down their responses to notifications of #Online Hate Speech, according to the European Commission.

Companies reviewed 64.4 percent of notifications within 24 hours, down from the previous two monitoring measures: 81% in 2021 and 90.4 percent in 2020, according to the 27-member bloc.The removal rate was 63.6%, up from 2021 (62.5%), but still lower than in 2020 (71.1%).YouTube increased its defamation rate in 2022 (90.4 percent), up from 2021 (58.8 percent).According to news outlets, all the other IT firms removed less content than in 2021, with small variations (Facebook lost 70.1 percent in 2022 and 70.2 percent in 2021; Twitter lost 45.4 percent and 49.8 percent, respectively), causing European officials to question whether Twitter will comply with EU content moderation laws.

The dramatic policy changes have sparked backlash from US lawmakers.Musk said earlier today that the social media would reinstate blocked accounts next week after a majority of users voted for general amnesty, which comes after Musk restored the account of former US president Donald Trump and American rap artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.

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