EU launches investigation into Meta over disinformation concerns

The European Union has launched an investigation in Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram. EU officials say the IT giant may not be doing enough to protect users from disinformation.

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, announced on Tuesday that Meta may have breached the Digital Services Act, which requires businesses to take measures against illegal content. Violators can be fined up to 6 percent of their annual revenue.

The commission suspects Meta of not putting in place sufficient safeguards against deceptive advertisements and disinformation campaigns.

It is also concerned about the lack of an effective third-party real-time civic discourse and election-monitoring tool.

The move comes ahead of elections in June for the European Parliament. Some observers fear foreign agents, including those from Russia, could interfere with the vote.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that if officials suspect a violation, they will act "especially in times of democratic elections."