Do you want to quickly catch up on the latest news? Here are the most important stories of Friday, 20 October 2023.
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1. U.S. claims Israel is “not responsible” but there are still doubts
Joe Biden said that during his recent visit to Israel, it didn’t appear that the IDF had been responsible for a deadly explosion in a Gazan hospital that killed over 500 people.
“But there’s a lot of people out there not sure, so we’ve got a lot — we’ve got to overcome a lot of things,” he said.
After the hospital blast, the summit that was scheduled to take place between Biden and leaders from Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and the Palestinian Authority has been cancelled.
2. The European Union takes action against social media misinformation
The European Union intensified its scrutiny on Big Tech companies and demanded that Meta, TikTok and Facebook detail their efforts in combating illegal content and misinformation during the Israel/Hamas war.
Meta and TikTok were given one week to provide the information or risk having the commission open an investigation into their conduct. The request came one week after a comparable demand was made for Elon Musk’s X (formerly known as…