The EU on Tuesday urged advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia, ahead of European elections in May. The European Commission said Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and trade groups have made “some progress” toward meeting their pledges to fight fake news by removing fake accounts and checking suspect sites. “But we need to go further and faster before May,” when a new European Parliament is elected, the EU’s security commissioner Julian King said. “We don’t want to wake up the day after the elections and realise we should have done more.” His remarks came as the Commission, the 28-nation European Union’s executive arm, issued its first report on how well internet actors were doing in meeting pledges made late last year in a code of practice to fight disinformation. The Commission said “additional action is needed to ensure full transparency of political ads” by the start of the campaign in EU member countries for the elections. It also urged platforms to provide access to their data for research purposes, and to ensure cooperation between the platforms and member countries through the Rapid Alert System. Planned for March, the… Read full this story
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