Disinformation

Digital 22-05-2020

EU should launch a specialist team to investigate Chinese disinformation

The Chinese government has flooded the European information space with disinformation, in an effort to control the narrative around the pandemic and divert the blame. This poisonous environment created by Chinese info-war operations calls for resolute answers, write Jakub Janda and Nathalie Vogel.
Freedom of thought 14-05-2020

Hungarian detentions evidence of government intimidation, say critics

Two men have been detained since Tuesday (12 May) on suspicion of ‘scaremongering’ after sharing posts critical of the government on Facebook, local media reported.

COVID-19 should not become a security crisis, NATO chief warns

"We have to deal with COVID-19, but at the same time, we have to make sure that the health crisis doesn't become a security crisis," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV in an interview about NATO's crisis response and threat preparedness, China's role and the pandemic's impact on the military alliance.
Coronavirus 23-03-2020

EU citizens stranded as repatriation efforts face obstacles

EU citizens are facing increasing challenges to return to the bloc due to the escalating number of travel restrictions announced across the globe as a result to the coronavirus outbreak. Foreign ministers in their first-ever video conference on Monday (23...
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Russian coronavirus disinformation may be for domestic audiences, expert says

While the West blames Russia for spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic with the aim of sowing distrust in Western public institutions and healthcare systems, an expert has pointed out that Russia's domestic audience may actually be the main target of the disinformation campaign.
Digital 04-03-2020

EU Rapid Alert System used amid coronavirus disinformation campaign

An EU instrument designed to monitor serious cases of disinformation has been triggered following a series of online campaigns surrounding the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has confirmed.
Digital 15-02-2020

Facebook’s Zuckerberg backs regulation of harmful online content

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday (15 February) said harmful online content should be regulated, adding that his company should be subject to a regulatory framework that is different from those used for existing media and telecoms companies.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

Facebook says it dismantles Russian intelligence operation targeting Ukraine

Facebook on Wednesday (12 February) said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.
Digital 29-08-2019

‘New generation of disinformation’ awaits next Commission, says rights group

Disinformation campaigns are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are developing almost unregulated, according to civil rights activists who say the European Commission's relying on the self-regulation of social media platforms is no longer enough.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

Facebook shuts dozens of fake-news pages ahead of EU vote

Facebook has taken down nearly 80 pages spreading fake news or using tactics that appeared aimed at unfairly influencing the European Parliament vote this weekend, an NGO reported Wednesday (22 May).
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Digital 15-05-2019

Information, Trust and Elections in the Digital Age

Online campaigns are as essential as town hall hustings for candidates, while malicious actors have been attempting to deploy cyber-attacks and disinformation to disrupt democratic processes in recent years.
Data protection 14-05-2019

User data on the Internet: Manipulation as a business model

European election campaigns are well underway and online votes are also being sought. In such situations, the temptation to misuse data is great, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal in the US elections demonstrated. In the EU, parties have also long relied on advanced data analysis, but is this still legal? EURACTIV Germany talked to a communication expert.
Digital 14-05-2019

European election candidates consider next steps for EU media policy

Lead candidates for the upcoming European elections are pondering ways of safeguarding the media sector's integrity in light of persistent economic challenges and emerging threats like Russian disinformation.
EU Elections 2019 13-05-2019

Facebook takes down fake Italian accounts ahead of EU election

Facebook said on Sunday (12 May) it had taken down numerous Italian accounts on its platform that were false or were spreading fake news ahead of a European parliamentary election later this month.
Digital 09-05-2019

Greece threatens to raise Facebook’s fact-checking issue at EU Council

The Greek government has lashed out against Facebook, after the social media platform decided to partner with a “controversial” fact-checker in the country. Athens says it is now prepared to raise the issue at an EU level, unless it gets satisfactory answers.
Digital 02-05-2019

In the fight against fake news, YouTube has a ‘bias toward keeping content up’

YouTube has a systemic 'bias towards keeping content up,' although the video-sharing platform recently removed more than one million channels for violation of its policies as part of the EU's code of practice against disinformation, EURACTIV has learnt.
Data protection 03-04-2019

‘Regulation will not solve Facebook’s problems,’ Commission says

Better regulation won't divert attention away from Facebook's shortfalls in other areas, European Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EURACTIV.com, criticising Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for tighter regulatory frameworks on internet services.
Digital 29-03-2019

Facebook says political ads fix brings ‘unprecedented levels of accountability’

Facebook has unveiled a raft of measures to prevent foreign campaigns from interfering in national elections. But the plans will also make it more complicated for pan-European parties to advertise in countries where they are not directly represented.
Digital 20-03-2019

Commission urges platforms to take action on fake accounts before EU elections

Online platforms need to step up their attempts to quell the spread of fake accounts but also provide greater independent access to their content for fact checkers, as part of their wider efforts in compliance with the code of practice against disinformation, the European Commission said on Wednesday (20 March).
Digital 14-03-2019

Parliament calls for EU measures to counter hostile disinformation campaigns

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday (13 March) warning against propaganda and disinformation campaigns ahead of the May 2019 EU elections, citing Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as the main sources.
Digital 01-03-2019

EU raps Facebook, Twitter and Google for inaction on fake news

Online platforms are failing to make sufficient progress in the fight against disinformation, the European Commission warned on Thursday (28 December). As the European elections draw closer, the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA has called for national legislation in the fight against fake news.
Digital 13-02-2019

UK report: Tax relief and extra funding for news outlets

A UK government-commissioned report published on Tuesday (12 February) called for extra support to be given to smaller news outlets, including an innovation fund for local news and tax reliefs for public interest journalism.
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