The European Commission has given Meta – owner of Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook – and TikTok a period of one week to provide detailed information on the steps they have taken to comply with the new rules of the European Union to stop the spread of disinformation and violence and hatred. inside, in a week more active in social networks because of the conflict in the Middle East, in full development between Israel and Hamas.
This announcement is the previous step for Brussels to consider the opening of an authorization procedure for failure to comply with the new rules of the European Digital Services Law and which, in the end, provides fines for those company that does not correct irregularities at the end of the process. .
In the same case of Meta and TikTok, the Community Executive gave two deadlines for the platforms to answer their questions. Therefore, they must first explain, no later than October 25, the risk assessments and crisis measures adopted to prevent the spread of fraud, illegal content and hate speech since Hamas launched its offensive against in Israel on October 7.
In addition, they have two more weeks, until November 8, to inform the European Commission, in the case of Meta, how it acted to guarantee the integrity of the elections – Poland and Slovakia, for example, held the election this month. ) and, in TikTok, on measures to protect minors and the integrity of elections.
Last week, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton sent a similar ultimatum to tycoon Elon Musk, asking him to explain the spread of hateful content on his social network ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter.