The European Union proposed a system for member countries to alert one another about online disinformation that could undermine the European Parliament election next year. The system would share data and analysis on propaganda and promote objective communications about the EU’s values and policies, the bloc said. The EU also urged social media platforms to follow through on pledges to ensure transparent political advertising, close fake accounts, flag bots and cooperate with fact-checkers.
- Will this system help curb the spread of misinformation?
BRUSSELS (Reuters) ‘” On Wednesday, the executive of the European Union proposed spending more money on countering false news on the Internet, setting up an early warning system to alert governments and pushing technology companies to do more to stop disinformation before the EU elections next year.
The plan of the European Commission, which EU leaders must agree on, is part of an attempt to stop what the United States, NATO and the EU say are Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies through disinformation campaigns that stir up division.
“There is strong evidence that Russia is a primary source of disinformation in Europe. Disinformation is part of the military doctrine of Russia and part of a strategy to divide and weaken the West,” said Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the Commission.