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.