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(Last Updated On: September 10, 2020)

The European Commission pushes Facebook, Google and Twitter to do even more to fight fake news.

Disinformation that relates to the coronavirus has urged social media to be more driven when fighting against the issue.

All these companies, as well as Mozilla and trade bodies for the advertising industry, had agreed to the self-regulatory code of practice in 2018, in order to avert a very heavy regulation. Microsft and TikTok followed suit soon after.

Although, there are a lot of flaws that come with the code after it was looked into a year after it came into effect.

Reports said, “these can be grouped in four broad categories: inconsistent and incomplete application of the code across platforms and member states, lack of uniform definitions, existence of several gaps in the coverage of the code commitments, and limitations intrinsic to the self-regulatory nature of the code.”

Vera Jourova, the commission vice president for values and transparency urged for more to be done in order to oppose the new risks.

Jourova said, “As we also witness new threats and actors the time is ripe to go further and propose new measures. The platforms need to become more accountable and transparent. They need to open up and provide better access to data, among others.”

Jourova and the European Democracy Action Plan are working together to make democracy stronger against digital threats.

A new set of rules will be proposed by the commission at the end of the year, which is called Digital Services Act and it will bring more responsibility and liability to social media and the content that is published on their platforms.


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