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EU hits out at multiple social networks for failing to crack down on misinformation

EU hits out at multiple social networks for failing to crack down on misinformation

European Union officials released a statement this week criticising social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Google on their efforts to combat disinformation.

The companies signed a voluntary proposal last year to crack down on fake accounts and increase transparency on their platforms.

The EU is now publishing a monthly report that will document how social networks are doing in that regard. January's report is now available to view.

“We need to see more progress," the report reads.

"Platforms have not provided enough details showing that new policies and tools are being deployed in a timely manner and with sufficient resources across all EU Member States.

The reports provide too little information on the actual results of the measures already taken.”

The report singles out Facebook, Twitter, and Google specifically for not providing enough information in the reports to officials. EU commissioners have pressed these companies to move much faster ahead of the European Parliament elections that will happen in May.

“If we do not see sufficient long-term progress, we reserve the right to reconsider our policy options – including possible regulation." EU commissioners stated to The Guardian last week.


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