Tech firms fail to tackle Russian propaganda.
The EU says that social media companies have failed to stop “large-scale” Russian disinformation campaigns since the invasion of Ukraine.
“Kremlin-backed accounts’ reach and influence increased further in 2023,” according to the EU Commission’s report.
Since Elon Musk bought X, formerly Twitter, Russian disinformation has increased.
As he has not received a response from Twitter, Meta, TikTok or YouTube.
A new study suggests that disinformation backed by the Kremlin has been on the rise since Twitter’s safety standards were dismantled.
The has previously reported that accounts belonging to official Kremlin social media accounts have propagated false information about the war in Ukraine.
“In absolute numbers, pro-Kremlin accounts continue to reach the largest audiences on Meta’s platforms. Meanwhile, the audience size for Kremlin-backed accounts more than tripled on Telegram,” the report found.
The study also concluded that no platform consistently applied its terms of services in several eastern European languages.
Online platforms worldwide were subject to tougher rules under the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) earlier this month.
DSA’s new rules require social media companies with at least 45 million monthly active users to take a more aggressive approach to policing content, including disinformation and hate speech.
As a result of the DSA’s existence before last month, social media companies would have violated their legal duties – potentially resulting in fines.
“Kremlin-aligned social media accounts grew substantially in audience and reach across Europe by 2022,” the study found.
In a tweet from 9 April, Elon Musk confirmed that Kremlin-run accounts would no longer be “limited.”.