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Elon Musk’s X has removed a provision for reporting election inaccuracies.

According to Reset.Tech Australia, all regions other than the European Union had the feature disabled recently.

Concern over the decision has increased in the run-up to the 2024 US presidential elections as well as a crucial Australian referendum on increasing the rights of Indigenous Australians.

The dissemination of election misinformation, according to Australian officials, is at its worst level yet.

Global Expansion: Reporting Electoral Misinformation on X, UK Excluded

The technology was extended to three more nations last year: Brazil, the Philippines, and Spain. It has been available in the US, Australia, and South Korea since 2021.

Users might choose “Report Content,” “It’s misleading,” and “Politics,” in that order.

Given that Australia will conduct a vote next month, Reset. Tech Australia referred to the removal of the feature as “extremely concerning” in a letter.

The group claimed that there now doesn’t seem to be a way to report election misinformation that is found on your site.

Users still have the option to report posts that they find offensive, abusive, or spammy.

On October 14, Australia will have its first referendum in over a quarter of a century.

The decision might also make it harder for voters to report false information before the 2024 US presidential elections.

The function, which was previously only accessible in Europe in Spain, is now accessible throughout the EU, but in a slightly different format, according to Reset. Tech Australia.

The ability to report posts for “Negative effects on civic disorders or elections” has been added for EU users.

Users in the UK cannot access the feature, and they never have.

X Tops Misinformation: EU Watchdog Urges Compliance

According to a recent assessment by the European Commission, out of the six major social networks, X has the highest percentage of misinformation.

Over 6,000 distinct social media posts from Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, X, and YouTube were investigated for the study.

According to the study, X had the highest “ratio of discoverability” of disinformation or the likelihood that a user may run across disinformation. According to the analysis, YouTube had the lowest.

“You must abide by the strict legislation, is my message to [X]. Vera Jourova, the EU’s commissioner for values and transparency, issued a warning in the wake of the report, saying, “We’ll be watching what you’re doing.”

The Digital Services Act (DSA), which was created to safeguard users and prevent election interference, is a requirement for IT firms operating in the EU.

The firm has been charged with permitting an increase in hate speech and false information since Mr. Musk gained control of X, or Twitter, as it was then known, in late 2022. This was refuted by Mr. Musk in a BBC interview.

He has suggested that the “Community Notes” function of the platform, which enables users to comment on postings to highlight erroneous or misleading content, is a better method of fact-checking.

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