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The Commission puts forward an action plan and self-regulatory tools to tackle fake news and online disinformation

Involving platforms, news media, research and civil society organisation
  • November 26, 2018 19:30, 367 impressions
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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The exposure of citizens to large scale disinformation, including misleading or outright false information, is a major challenge for Europe. The Commission has engaged with all stakeholders to define a clear, comprehensive and broad-based action plan to tackle the spread and impact of online disinformation in Europe and ensure the protection of European values and democratic systems.

Social media and online platforms play an important role in speeding up the spread of such news and they enable a global reach without much effort from the author. The Commission supports a multi-stakeholders process, involving platforms, news media, research and civil society organisations in order to find the right solutions consistent with fundamental principles and applicable coherently across the European Union.

In its Communication “Tackling online disinformation: a European approach”, the European Commission puts forward an action plan and self-regulatory tools to tackle the spread and impact of online disinformation in Europe, and ensure the protection of European values and democratic systems.

Main principles:

  1. Improve transparency regarding the way information is produced or sponsored;
  2. Diversity of information;
  3. Credibility of information;
  4. Inclusive solutions with broad stakeholder involvement.

Source: European Commission