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EU Urges Internet Firms to Step Up False News Fight


7Dnews London

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:19 GMT

The EU on Tuesday January 29th called on advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns ahead of European elections in May, AFP has reported.

The European Commission said Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and trade groups have made "some progress" toward meeting their pledges to fight false news by removing fake accounts and checking suspect sites. 

"But we need to go further and faster before May," when a new European Parliament is elected, the EU's security commissioner Julian King said. "We don't want to wake up the day after the elections and realise we should have done more."  

The Commission issued its first report on how well internet actors were doing in meeting pledges made late last year in a code of practice to fight disinformation. It said: "Additional action is needed to ensure full transparency of political ads" by the start of the campaign in EU member countries for the elections. 

Andrus Ansip, the EU's vice president for the digital single market, said: "Signatories (to the code of practice) have taken action, for example, giving people new ways to get more details about the source of a story or ad."