Elon Musk isn’t the only billionaire to receive a letter this week from Thierry Breton, the European Union’s regulatory commissioner. Breton published a one-page letter he wrote to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, giving the Facebook founder 24 hours to respond. The letter expresses concern about misinformation (including deepfakes) on Meta’s social platforms as the war between Israel and Hamas continues.
“In light of a number of significant recent events, let me remind you of the content moderation obligations under the EU Digital Services Act,” Breton wrote in the letter. “After the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel, we are witnessing an increase in illegal content and disinformation spread in the EU through some platforms,” Breton wrote.
The EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) requires companies like Meta to edit and remove illegal and potentially harmful content. The law, which was adopted in 2022, orders platforms operating in the EU to more actively control harmful material. It can impose fines of up to six percent of the companies’ total revenue.
At the same time, however, Breton acknowledged that Meta has improved in some areas. “We noted the steps Meta took in relation to the recent elections in Slovakia – for example, increased cooperation with independent bodies, improved response times and increased control of disinformation,” the letter reads.