European Commission opens formal DSA proceedings against X

18/12/2023 | European Commission

On Monday, 18 December, the European Commission announced that it had opened formal proceedings to determine if X, the US-based social media company owned by Elon Musk, has violated the EU Digital Services Act (DSA). The investigation will focus on risk management, content moderation, dark patterns, advertising transparency and data access for researchers. The announcement follows a preliminary investigation, which examined X's risk assessment and transparency reports along with formal replies to Commission requests for further information. 

In its legal analysis of the proceedings, Wouter Seinen at Pinsent Masons said the decision shows that the Commission "can’t wait to start enforcing the DSA. It is no surprise that a social media platform is amongst the first to be put on the spot, as some of the new rules on content moderation were specifically designed for the likes of X.”

In a post on X platform, Thierry Breton, the Commissioner for Internal Market of the European Union, said: "Today we open formal infringement proceedings against @X."

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