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European elections : EU: Internet companies, more companies against Fake News

The EU Commission has Online platforms like Facebook and Twitter requires a greater use of against Fake News before the European elections. "Time is of the essence," said the Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on Tuesday in Brussels.

in The fight against disinformation in the Wake of the European elections, among others, to so-called Social Bots and Fake Accounts, with which voters can influence. EU security Commissioner Julian King, praised on Tuesday in Brussels the progress of the Online networks. However, Facebook like other companies, had to act even faster than before against Fake Accounts. Facebook to give yourself that three to four percent of the accounts cannot be assigned to real existing Person. This corresponds to 80 million to 90 million accounts. King contended that the publication of the data of the Internet company's success continues to be "patchy, opaque and arbitrary". So the authorities in Brussels are waiting in the case of Facebook is still on the company's figures for the last quarter of 2018.

last October, the EU had signed the Commission, as well as companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Mozilla, a code of conduct, which provides for voluntary self-regulation of corporations in the fight against disinformation. The law measures introduced to EU Commissioner Gabriel clear. On Tuesday, the Internet provided companies and the professional associations of the advertising industry your first reports on the measures which the code of conduct to adhere to.

influence how the US election fears

The EU Commission is concerned that prior to the European elections, in particular in third countries outside the EU, disinformation campaigns launched. According to the assessment of the US intelligence services influenced by Russia, especially on Facebook, the presidential election in 2016. To similar manipulations during the forthcoming election campaigns in the soon to be 27, EU-States, will submit to the authorities in Brussels are now every month until the European elections at the end of may a report on the progress of the company. "We don't want to Wake up the day after the elections with the statement that we need to do more," said King.

Facebook wants ad-financiers

On Monday, the Facebook spokesman Nick Clegg in Brussels had announced that from the end of March, political Advertisements may only be placed with permission of the company in the network. According to the words of the former British Deputy Prime Minister in the future on the Show given who paid for it. The relevant information is to a maximum of seven years, saved and visible for the Public.

In addition, Clegg had announced the establishment of a new unit, based in Dublin, with the dissemination of false news is to be prevented. King complained, however, that Facebook is working only together with facts checkers in seven EU member States. The "Factchecking" had to be carried out in all member States, he urged.

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Where in the eyes of the EU Commission, is the line between false information and the usual political discourse, missing clarified Gabriel. Satire and irony were not on the Index of the EU, said the Bulgaria-born Commissioner. "This is a red line," she said. Rather it is an endeavour to give citizens the opportunity to meet in may, the candidate of politicians to make an "informed choice".

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