Elon Musk’s ‘X’ Social Media Platform Purges Accounts Linked to Hamas in Wake of Attack

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After European Union officials said the communication platform was being used to spread illegal content, the social media network X claimed it had removed or flagged tens of thousands of messages connected to the terrorist organization Hamas.

Since the commencement of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, hundreds of profiles linked to the terrorist organization have apparently been found and removed from the platform, according to Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X.

Hamas unleashed a vicious offensive on Israel on Saturday that has already resulted in at least 1,300 deaths, including 27 Americans, and 3,000 injuries.

Social media platforms, notably Elon Musk’s X platform, which has purportedly been used to distribute fake information and misrepresent recordings from events unconnected to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, have seen the circulation of a number of photographs and videos of the terrorist assaults.

According to Thierry Breton, a commissioner for the European Union, the site was being used to disseminate illegal content and disinformation, which may be in violation of the EU’s recently passed Digital Services Act, which obliges social media platforms to monitor unlawful content like terrorist material.

500 distinct notes relating to the conflict were found, according to Community Notes, a component of the site designed to involve people in reiterating or providing further context to inaccurate or misleading material.

Breton reportedly sent a similar letter to Meta on Wednesday to counter false or misleading information about the attack on Israel, providing the company 24 hours to formulate a response.

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