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EU develops legislation on sanctions for news fakes amid actions of Russia, China

Source : 112 Ukraine

Certain third countries (in particular Russia and China) have engaged in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns around COVID 19 in the EU, its neighborhood, and globally, seeking to undermine democratic debate, exacerbate social polarization, and improve their own image
15:56, 1 December 2020

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The European Commission prepared the legislation that tightens the state monitoring over the online platforms and provides the sanctions against foreign subjects that spread disinformation on the internet, as Radio Liberty reported.

“The block of 27 members needs to use more systematically the full range of tools in its toolbox for countering foreign interference and influence operations and further develop them, including by imposing costs on the perpetrators. Possible ways of doing so range from publicly identifying commonly used techniques (so as to render them operationally unusable) to imposing sanctions following repeated offenses,” the message said.

The document states that “certain third countries (in particular Russia and China) have engaged in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns around COVID‑19 in the EU, its neighborhood, and globally, seeking to undermine democratic debate, exacerbate social polarization, and improve their own image."

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The action plan notes that the East StratCom task force, the division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) has exposed over 500 examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on Covid-19 and over 10,000 examples since the beginning of the monitoring in 2015.

The Digital Services Act (DSA) which should be published by the end of the year, will offer the rules that provide greater accountability toward the methods of moderation of the content, advertising and algorithmic processes by the online platforms.

In 2018, the European Commission compiled a set of rules on counteraction the disinformation. Facebook, Google and Twitter have voluntarily joined them to report about the measures assumed to provide the transparency of ad placements and actions against fake accounts and bots.

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However, the European Commission offers a more reliable approach based on clear commitments amid the disappointing results.

As we reported, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine warned about the potential spread of fake information in order to discredit the servicemen of the Armed Forces and representatives of the armies of NATO member states participating in United Efforts 2020.

 

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