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The EU asks Meta and TikTok for details on combating disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war

The European Union on Thursday asked Meta and TikTok to provide information on how they are combating disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war.

The EU has made this request based on the new law, which risks facing tech giants with fines worth billions of euros if they fail to protect users.

The European Commission, the executive branch of the bloc, has officially requested that these two social networks present the rules by which they will clean the platforms from fake news.

Content with terrorism, violence and hate speech have been mentioned as keys to combat.

According to the new law, if these companies fail to act according to the regulation, they will be fined up to 6 percent of their annual revenues.

Brussels has made a similar request last week to Elon Musk’s platform, X – known until now as Twitter.

The European Commissioner, Thierry Breton, has said that the three platforms, plus YouTube, have been sent warning letters, highlighting the dangers they face from the war.

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said that “it has a well-established system for identifying and mitigating risks during crises, protecting freedom of expression.”

TikTok has not yet responded to this request.

The Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, after Hamas militants attacked Israeli soil and Israel vowed to destroy the militant group.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has said that 3,785 people have been killed and over 12,500 have been injured.

More than 1,400 people have been killed by Hamas attacks on Israeli soil on October 7.

An Israeli military spokesman said Hamas is believed to have taken 206 hostages in attacks it carried out in Israel and allegedly sent them to Gaza.

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