Twitter claims to have removed 6.5 million pieces of content prior to Elon Musk’s takeover in the first half of 2022

Twitterstated on Tuesday that it would ask users to remove over 6.5 million pieces of content before billionaire Elon Musk took control the social media company in the first half of 2022, a 29 percent increase over the second half of 2021.

Twitter revealed the number of content removals in a blog post on the same day the European Union announced that the social media platform would be one of 19 subject to new landmark rules requiring them to share data with authorities, do more to combat disinformation, and conduct external and independent auditing.

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According to the European Commission’s website, failure to comply with the laws – among of the world’s strongest regulations on online platforms – could result in fines of up to 6% of global sales or possibly a ban from operating in the EU.
Before Musk bought Twitter in October and laid off about 80% of its employees, Twitter used to publish twice-yearly reports on its Transparency Center website, revealing statistics such as the number of accounts it terminated and the number of government requests for data it received.

Twitter’s announcement came in the form of a short blog post on Tuesday, and the company stated that it would provide an update on its “path forward for transparency reporting” later this year.

One of the requirements of the EU’s new internet legislation is the publication of transparency reports.
During the first half of 2022, the business got 53,000 legal requests from governments to delete specific content, with Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and India filing the most requests.

Twitter did not reveal how many requests it fulfilled.

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