Further action required to combat false coronavirus (COVID-19) news says reports

Further action required to combat false coronavirus (COVID-19) news says reports

The European Commission has published a third set of reports detailing actions taken by signatories of the Code of Practice on Disinformation in fighting false and misleading information related to coronavirus (COVID-19). While the Commission believes the reports ‘continue to give a good overview of actions taken by online platforms’ and ‘demonstrate willingness to provide increased transparency’, the reports are still lacking ‘appropriate granularity in data, including on the impact of their policies’ which in turn impacts the platforms’ transparency and public accountability. Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, expressed happiness that platforms are taking ‘useful actions’, though concedes ‘[d]espite these efforts, harmful content is still present in the public space and poses risk to the citizens.’

The third set of reports relates to actions taken by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and TikTok, and can be found here.

By the end of 2020, the Commission aims to further its approach against disinformation by introducing two complementary initiatives:

• European Democracy Action Plan

• Digital Services Act package

Source: Coronavirus: New reports by online platforms show progress and need for more granular data on measures taken against disinformation

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