EU reprimands tech giants over fake news

Friday, 17. May 2019 14:54

"The continued progress" was acknowledged in work conducted by Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google Llc on transparency and the protection of the integrity of the European elections, which will be held next week, but the companies must show more effort, the European Commission said on Friday.

The European Union's regulatory arm said there was improvement in advertisement policy and welcomed coordinated actions against disinformation. However, it urged the United States–based technology giants to provide more detailed data. Google and Twitter still need to introduce mechanisms for issue-based ads, according to the statement. It was signed by commissioners for digital single market Andrus Ansip, justice, consumers and gender equality Vera Jourova, security union Julian King and digital economy and society Mariya Gabriel, pictured here left to right.

The body said Facebook failed to inform it whether a fake news network originating from Russia and targeting Ukraine, which it took down earlier this month, affected users in the EU.

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