The European Commission has strengthened it Code of practice on distorted informationFollow Guide published It should be updated in 2021 to take into account events such as the Kovid-19 epidemic and Russia’s war with Ukraine.
The latest version has been built on the original code of practice that was Founded in 2018Setting several new commitments by both the technology platform and the wider industry to better combat misinformation online.
Demonetize the distribution of distorted information; Ensuring transparency of political advertising; Maximize cooperation with fact-checkers; And signatories are committed to providing researchers with better access to data.
“The Commission now has a very important commitment to reduce the impact of online propaganda and to measure how it is applied across the EU in all countries and in all its languages,” said Vera Zorova, vice president of the European Commission for Values and Transparency. Press release Announce new code of practice.
The code has been initialized Signed by 34 parties, Including major social media platforms like Meta, Twitter, and TicTac, and technology giants including Adobe, Google, and Microsoft. Amazon was a significant missing.
The code will be enforced through the Digital Services Act, part of EU law that was approved in April 2022 to better protect European users from online confusion and illegal content, products and services.
The signatories will have six months to implement the measures they have signed and will have to submit their first implementation report to the commission by early 2023. A newly formed task force will then meet at six-month intervals to monitor and adapt. Commitment in terms of technological, social, market, and legal development.
Thierry Breton, the European Commission’s internal market commissioner, said in a statement that spreading confusion should never be a financially viable practice and that online platforms need to be strengthened to address the problem, especially in the area of funding.
“Large platforms that repeatedly break the code and do not properly implement risk mitigation measures run the risk of being fined up to 6% of global turnover,” he said.
The Strengthened Code of Practice contains 44 commitments and 128 specific provisions that can be broadly divided into the following areas:
- Reducing financial incentives to spread confusion
- Transparency of political advertising
- Ensuring the integrity of the service
- User empowerment
- Empowering researchers
- Fact-checking community empowerment
- Establish a transparency center and task force
- Strengthen an observation framework
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