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Facebook and Instagram users in Europe will have greater control over how they view content, Meta said on Tuesday, as platforms take steps to meet imminent stricter European Union rules.

Under a landmark EU law, digital giants will be forced to more aggressively police content online to protect users, especially against hate speech and disinformation.

The web's 19 largest players — including Facebook parent Meta, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, TikTok and Twitter, now rebranded as X — must comply with the new rules from next week or face heavy fines.

All eyes will be on billionaire Elon Musk, who since taking ownership of X has, often abruptly, modified many rules about language allowed on the site — even if it is found offensive or delivers hate and misinformation — in direct opposition to the EU's new rules.

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