European media is reporting on the unveiling of the Democracy Action Plan, a digital effort established by the European Commission aimed at fighting disinformation, enforcing rules on fair competition in online public debates, and protecting election integrity. According to the EURACTIV report:
December 3, 2020 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.“ We do not want to create a ministry of truth, freedom of speech is essential,” Věra Jourová, the EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency said.“I will not support any solution that undermines it but we also cannot have our societies manipulated,” Jourová added.‘ From self-regulation’ to ‘co-regulation’ The plan foresees more obligations and accountability for online platforms for disseminating and amplifying disinformation, false or misleading content intentionally spread for political or economic gain.“ We will move from self-regulation to co-regulation,” Jourova said. The executive was dissatisfied with the results of the code of practice against disinformation signed voluntarily by the largest platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. The forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA) will set horizontal rules for platforms including obligations to adopt risk-mitigating measures and an updated code of practice.
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