The European Commission launches an investigation against X on suspicion of violating the requirements of the Digital Services Act (DSA), writes Reuters.

European law requires major online platforms and search engines to combat illegal content and risks to public safety. Another requirement is to protect services from manipulative technologies.

This is the first investigation of its kind. It will focus on countering the spread of illegal content in the EU and the effectiveness of measures taken to combat manipulative information.

Attention will also be paid to the measures taken by X to increase the transparency of its platform and the design of the user interface, which can be misleading. This includes blue checkmarks that are passed off as paid subscriptions to social networks.

The Commission intends to conduct an in-depth investigation and will continue to gather evidence by sending additional requests for information, conducting interviews and inspections.

Earlier it was reported that the EU initiated an official investigation into Elon Musk’s X Company regarding its compliance with the Digital Services Act. This step was taken after the Hamas attack on Israel in early October and the subsequent Israeli air raids on Gaza.

The EU’s concern is related to allegations of spreading illegal content and disinformation on the platform, especially content promoting terrorism, violence, and hate speech.