Tech giants agree to abide by EU code to fight
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Tech giants agree to abide by EU code to fight propaganda and disinformation

Owners of the largest Internet services, including Meta*Twitter, Google, Microsoft and TikTok have agreed to submit to the European Initiative to Combat Disinformation and give EU regulators access to the necessary data.

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Corresponding financial timesA new version of the “Code of Practice on Disinformation” was prepared in Europe, a document that calls on technology platforms to disclose data on the removal and blocking of “malicious” content in advertising and promotional publications. To counter “harmful disinformation”, platforms must develop the necessary tools, work with organizations specialized in fact-checking and countering government propaganda, and create “credibility indicators” for independently verified publications on the most important issues.

Technology platform administrations must provide country-by-country performance reports – previously, reports on activity at a global or pan-European level were sufficient. Service administrations have long resisted tightening controls, but national regulators have begun demanding more specific data to combat misinformation in individual countries.

The code will become law in the future and will be applied on the basis of the EU Digital Services Act (DSA), which will come into force in 2024, which describes the measures that technology platforms must take to combat illegal content. Violation of the legal provisions will be punished with a turnover penalty of 6%.

The updated document’s requirements require platforms to report by country on the number of bot accounts deleted, artificial intelligence algorithms that filter fake news, and the content moderator staff in each country. In addition, platforms need to install disinformation flagging tools and integrate them into their systems.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.

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