EUROPEAN UNION (OBSERVATORY) – The European Union on Thursday presented its first anti-disinformation campaign over the Internet, calling on Facebook and Twitter to tackle it more effectively.
While the Commission stressed the importance of ensuring sustainable democratic mechanisms in the light of the Facebook scandal and Cambridge Analytica on the use of personal data for electoral purposes, it did not submit detailed proposals.
On Thursday, UNHCR published a “statement” – a political document with no legal impact – in which it presented its opinion.
In this statement, the Commission proposed “rules of conduct” on Google and Facebook to combat online disinformation.
The proposed measures include access to political declarations and speeding up the closure of misleading accounts.
In the absence of any results, the European Commission does not rule out a proposal for legal action later.
It also suggested that support be received from an independent fact-finding network and a series of measures aimed at promoting quality journalism and promoting media education.
The proposals were made after a report by a working group formed in January of 40 representatives of major European media (RTL, Mediaset, Sky News), civil society (Reporters Without Borders) and technology giants (Facebook, Twitter and Google) , As well as university professors, journalists and social networking officer Gregor Lamarshan.
Last year, Germany passed laws to combat media disinformation on social networks. France is currently preparing a law to counter disinformation in the election period.