The European Commission has called on tech giants such as Google, Twitter and Facebook to intensify measures to counter fake news about the coronavirus online. “The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a massive infodemic,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday. “Disinformation in times of the coronavirus can kill,” he added. “We have a duty to protect our citizens by making them aware of false information — and expose the actors responsible for engaging in such practices.” To prevent disinformation and raise users’ awareness of propaganda, the European Commission will require social media platforms to provide monthly reports about their actions and data related to advertising. Platforms will also be called upon to cooperate more with independent fact-checkers in all of the EU’s member states and in all bloc languages. Read more: Czech civil society fights back against fake news “We only know as much as platforms tell us,” said Vera Jourova, the European Commission’s vice president for values and transparency. “This is not good enough,” she added. “Platforms have to open up.” Jourova said Google had removed 80 million coronavirus-related advertisements that clearly contained false information. But, she said, there are… Read full this story
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