EU says X’s blue checks are deceptive, transparency falls short under social media law

The European Union said Friday that blue checkmarks from Elon Musk's X are deceptive and that the online platform falls short on transparency and accountability requirements, the first charges against a tech company since the bloc's new social media regulations took effect.

Ex-Twitter Executives Sue Elon Musk for $128M in Severance

Elon Musk, after acquiring Twitter for USD44 billion in 2022, dismissed several top executives, including Parag Agrawal, Ned Segal, Vijaya Gadde, and Sean Edgett. Subsequently, Agrawal and other former executives have filed a lawsuit against Musk, alleging that he withheld USD 128 million in severance payments. Musk later renamed Twitter as X.

TikTok prepares to combat misinfo, AI fakes and influence ops ahead of European Union election

TikTok is taking measures to combat misinformation about the upcoming European Union elections, including setting up fact-checking hubs inside the app, the video-sharing platform said Wednesday in a blog post.

TikTok plans to launch local language in-app "election centers" next month for each of the 27 EU countries so that "people can easily separate fact from fiction."