Two years later agreeing to a self-regulatory code of practice to tackle disinformation, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Twitter and other technology competitions must try harder to become more effective, the European Commission has said.
Fake news linked to coronavirus has quickened calls for societal media to be more proactive in combating the matter.
The companies, such as Mozilla and trade bodies for the advertising business, signed up to the code in 2018 in an attempt to stave off more heavy-handed regulation.
There are, however, a number of shortcomings in the code after an evaluation of its first year in operation, the commission said, according to a report seen by journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.
“These can be grouped in four broad categories: inconsistent and incomplete application of the code across platforms and member states, lack of uniform definitions, existence of several gaps in the coverage of the code commitments, and limitations intrinsic to the self-regulatory nature of the code,” the report said.
The commission president for transparency and values, Vera Jourova, called for more action to offset new dangers.
The platforms need to become more accountable and transparent. They need to open up and provide better access to data, among others,” Jourova explained.
Jourova is currently focusing on a European Democracy Action Plan to make democracy more resilient to electronic threats.
The commission is also set to propose new rules called the Digital Services Act by the end of the year that will increase social media’s responsibilities and accountability for content on their platforms.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Foo Yun Chee. Editing by Leslie Adler.
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