European Commission Study: X a Major Source of Disinformation

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    The Facts

    • According to a European Commission study, X — formerly Twitter — has the biggest proportion of disinformation among six major social media platforms.

    • The study analyzed over 6K unique social media posts and 4K user accounts across Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, and X in Spain, Poland, and Slovakia.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Elon Musk's policy changes at X have led to a tsunami of mis- and disinformation on the platform, as suggested by this report. Since his takeover, the platform has witnessed a cratering of ad revenue due to his failure to tackle toxicity and fake news. His plan to now end free access to X could trigger a final exodus of legacy users while disinformation and spammers fill the gap.

    Narrative B

    X has witnessed a much-needed course correction since the takeover by Musk as he eased restrictive and authoritarian content policies. He has also made the platform much more streamlined. Musk has also been a champion of free speech, and under his leadership, X has become a true digital town square.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 51% chance that X will tag The New York Times tweet as misinformation before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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