Google’s Sundar Pichai is the latest tech executive to receive a letter from Brussels urging it to be “very vigilant” to ensure disinformation and illegal content linked to Hamas does not spread on YouTube.
European Union Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton today reminded Pichai of the EU’s content moderation law, the Digital Services Act (DSA), which includes rules to quickly remove illegal content – such as incitement to violence or propaganda for terrorist organizations – reported by users and law enforcement authorities.
The CEOs of Meta and TikTok, Mark Zuckerberg Shou Zi Chew, respectively, as well as Elon Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter), were notified and given deadlines to respond to the European Commission in public letters this last days.
Since the end of August, more than a dozen major online platforms have had to comply with rules aimed at better managing illegal and harmful content under the DSA. Failure to comply with these rules can result in fines of up to 6% of companies’ annual global turnover.
YouTube said it was reviewing the letter and that its teams had removed thousands of harmful videos: “Our teams work around the clock to monitor harmful footage and remain vigilant to take action quickly if necessary on videos, short footage and live broadcasts.