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Fake news and disinformation targeted in draft EU code of practice

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A code of practice to tackle online disinformation has been created by a working group of the European Commission. The code has been developed by a working group that brings together organisations involved in online platforms, social networks, advertisers, and the advertising industry. It seeks to reduce online disinformation in five areas:

  • Demonetizing online advertising for disinformation
  • Making sure that political adverts are clearly identified
  • Closing down fake accounts and bots
  • Reducing the risks of social media ‘echo chambers’ by making it easier to find alternative views and different news sources
  • Making data from platforms available to researchers to monitor online disinformation

The next step in the development of the code of practice is for a ‘Sounding Board’ to provide its opinion by early September, with a view to the code being published at the end of September.

More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.

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