Disinformation

Digital & Media 27-07-2021

Facebook can lead users down vaccine misinformation rabbit hole 

New research into vaccine misinformation on Facebook shows that the platform’s content recommendation algorithm can lead users towards, rather than away from, harmful conspiratorial material. 
Cybersecurity 23-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Pegasus affair, Schrems III, online anonymity questioned

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “These [allegations] have to be verified, but if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable, against any kind...
Data protection 09-07-2021

Digital Brief: ePrivacy derogation adopted, YouTube’s algorithm, killer acquisitions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This interim regulation ends uncertainty for companies. It does not end the danger to children. This is only a...
Digital & Media 07-07-2021

YouTube’s algorithm fuelling harmful content, study says

A crowdsourced investigation has accused YouTube’s recommendation algorithms of fuelling harmful content. France and Germany were found to be particularly affected, along with other non-English speaking countries.
Digital & Media 05-07-2021

Media sector fears EU ban on targeted advertising

Media representatives fear a ban on targeted advertising would undercut their business model already hurt by the COVID crisis, with potentially dramatic consequences for media pluralism.
Digital & Media 02-07-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: UK adequate, ePrivacy low priority, Germany’s high tech strategy

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are talking here about a fundamental right of EU citizens that we have a duty to protect. This...
Digital & Media 29-06-2021

Big tech’s approach to COVID-19 disinformation is flawed, campaign group says

Global advocacy organisation Avaaz is calling for a “Paris Agreement for Disinformation”, after research it conducted found significant failings in the efforts of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram to tackle COVID-19 disinformation since the pandemic began.
Data protection 18-06-2021

Digital Brief powered by ITI: EU-US summit, no one-stop shop, UK adequate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.     “The US and the EU share the same values around privacy, its protection and democracies and open society, which...
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Germany and France gear up to fight foreign interference ahead of elections

Berlin and Paris are taking steps to fight the expected manipulation of online information by foreign powers as they approach key elections, Germany in September and France next year.
Digital & Media 04-06-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: DSA/DMA parliamentary debates, new SCCs, copyright earmarked

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We need to prevent “dark patterns”. The Commission should be able to assess algorithms and impose measures in case...
Digital & Media 28-05-2021

Digital Brief powered by The Coalition to Stop Stalker Ads: DMA enforcement, GDPR turns 3

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are firmly believing that innovation is hampered. Competition is not as good as it could be. Therefore, not...
Digital & Media 27-05-2021

Commission sets the bar for anti-disinformation measures

The freshly published Guidance on Strengthening the Code of Practice on Disinformation illustrates the European Commission's expectations on the anti-disinformation measures for online platforms. While the Code is non-binding, the measures are likely to become mandatory following the adoption of the Digital Services Act (DSA).
Digital & Media 13-05-2021

LEAK Commission pitching disinformation measures in Digital Services Act

The European Commission is defending its plans to tackle online disinformation from criticism from national governments, according to a working paper leaked to EURACTIV.
Data protection 30-04-2021

Digital Brief: Apple scrutinised, TERREG approved, ePrivacy derogated

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “By setting strict rules on the App store that disadvantage competing music streaming services, Apple deprives users of cheaper...
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Reporters Without Borders files complaint against Facebook for ‘deceptive commercial practices’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint against Facebook for "deceptive commercial practices" on Monday (22 March), accusing the social media giant of not respecting its commitments related to fighting disinformation and moderating online hate, particularly targeting journalists. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 24-02-2021

Twitter removes hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia

Twitter said on Tuesday (23 February) it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies.
The pandemic has exposed how important it is to effectively and quickly fight against disinformation campaigns. The Czech Republic has long underestimated this problem.
Digital & Media 10-02-2021

Czech Republic is losing the information war, experts warn

The pandemic has exposed how important it is to effectively and quickly fight against disinformation campaigns. The Czech Republic has long underestimated this problem.
Digital & Media 22-01-2021

After Trump: Rule of law and Big Tech Regulation

The stunning events in Washington on January 6th not only showed the fragility of modern democracies but also demonstrated the untamed power of Big Tech, writes Marc Sundermann, Paolo Cesarini and Christophe Leclercq.
Researchers have unearthed a widespread, coordinated, and manipulative 15-year-long Indian disinformation operation in Brussels, with the creation of fake media organizations, the revival of defunct think-tanks, and even the fraudulent impersonation of dead people.
Digital & Media 09-12-2020

MEPs duped by manipulative Indian disinformation network  

Researchers have unearthed a widespread, coordinated, and manipulative Indian disinformation operation in Brussels, with the creation of fake media organizations, the revival of defunct think-tanks, and even the fraudulent impersonation of dead people.
Digital & Media 03-12-2020

No ‘ministry of truth’, EU vows at democracy action plan launch

The European Commission unveiled on Thursday (3 December) its Democracy Action Plan, the first piece of a digital agenda package that aims to fight disinformation, enforce rules on fair competition in online public debates, and protect the integrity of elections.
Digital & Media 24-11-2020

COVID disinformation in Bulgaria: When mainstream media are no better than Facebook

While in most other countries experts blame disinformation on social media like Facebook or foreign powers such as Russia or China, in Bulgaria, the country’s own mainstream media and politicians have contributed the most to spreading confusion and ignorance, write Julia Rone and Georgi Hristov.
Digital & Media 24-11-2020

Time to act against fake news

Platforms committed in 2018 to a Code of Practice against disinformation, including changes to their algorithms based on ‘Trustworthiness indicators’. As the EU prepares a Digital Services Act and Action Plans on democracy and on media, clearer references are required, write Marc Sundermann, Christophe Leclercq and Paolo Cesarini.
Digital & Media 18-11-2020

Spain’s disinformation battle plan in the dock

A Spanish government plan to fight disinformation has sparked complaints from the media and the opposition, which say it limits free expression and seeks to establish a "ministry of truth".
Digital & Media 25-08-2020

Russian-backed organisations amplifying QAnon conspiracy theories, researchers say

Russian government-supported organisations are playing a small but increasing role amplifying conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon, raising concerns of interference in the November US election.