Source: European Parliament
According to a Eurobarometer survey, 83% of Europeans consider fake news to be a threat to democracy.
During this COVID-19 crisis there has been a proliferation of fake news and scams containing false or misleading information. Consumers are being duped into buying fake products online which may also be damaging to health.
Social media is the main culprit responsible for spamming people with fake messages using bots, and in Spain millions of fake accounts have already been detected with the aim of misleading users and attempting to destabilise the Government or damage its image.
In 2018, the Commission reached an agreement with the main online platforms to follow a code of good practice aimed at increasing transparency and protecting citizens. We are aware of both the Commission and the EEAS’ ongoing efforts in this area.
This crisis shows that these measures are insufficient at times like these. In light of this:
1. Is the Commission considering introducing greater control and monitoring procedures with regard to the current recommendations?
2. Is the Commission planning to introduce new and tougher legislation to fight against disinformation?