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Parliamentary question - E-003598/2023(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Breton on behalf of the European Commission

The Commission was involved in the events referred by the Honourable Member in the context of the incident response mechanism proposed in the recommendation[1] of 18 October 2023, which encourages Member States to participate in mechanisms of preparedness, cooperation and coordination with the Commission ahead of the full application of the Digital Services Act (DSA) [2] on 17 February 2024.

The Irish media authority and prospective Digital Services Coordinator (Coimisiún na Meán) contacted the Commission on 23 November 2023, when riots started in Dublin following a knife attack.

Meetings with X, Google, Meta and TikTok took place on 24 November 2023, organised and chaired by the Coimisiún na Meán.

These focused on the actions taken to curb the spread of illegal content linked to the riots. The Commission and Coimisiún na Meán reminded platforms of their obligations under the DSA and pointed to the lack of Irish-language moderators on some of the platforms as a point of vulnerability.

A follow-up meeting was organised between the Commission and the Coimisiún on 1 December 2023 to assess the response of platforms.

The Commission is currently looking into the qualification of platforms’ human resources and its impact on adequate content moderation.

The assessment is still ongoing. On 18 December 2023, the Commission opened formal infringement proceedings against X, including in relation to X’s content moderation resources[3].

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