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Europe doubles budget in fight against ‘fake news’

The European Commission will switch to a higher gear for the European elections of 2019 to try to safeguard of online misinformation. So going to Europe next year, more than double the money to spend for the screening of ‘fake news’.

In addition, a rapid alert system put in place that the national governments are permanently informed about new threats.

“We must unite and join forces to make our democracies to protect against misinformation. We have previously attempted interference in elections and referendums seen, where is the evidence Russia designates as the main source of these campaigns, ” said Andrus Ansip, vice-president of the European Commission, at the presentation of an action plan that has come at the request of the European leaders.

The efforts of Europe against “fake news” are not new. A specialised unit within the European diplomatic service (EEAS) has since 2015 already 4.500 examples of pro-Russian disinformation analyzed. The EEAS will there are still dozens of people and resources for data analysis. The budget for the fight against misinformation and raising awareness about it increased from 1.9 million euro this year to 5 million euro in 2019.

Real-time data exchange

The European Commission invites the member states to make a similar effort to do. They want to by march, a secure digital platform through which the European institutions and the member states to each other in real time can inform about new disinformation online the round.

Internetgiganten as Facebook, Twitter and Google is asked to report monthly on the measures they have taken against misinformation. This and the other online players had in september, on a voluntary basis, agreed to a number of measures, such as ensuring the transparency of political advertising, and shutting down fake accounts.

Europe defines misinformation as ” verifiably false or misleading information that is spread to make economic profit from the store, or the public intentionally to deceive.’ Opinion polls indicate that three in four European internet users are concerned about misinformation during election campaigns.

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