EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight

Agence France-Presse
The EU wants trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia

A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The EU on Tuesday, January 29, urged advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia, ahead of European elections in May.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and trade associations have made “some progress” by removing fake accounts and checking suspect sites.

“But we need to go further and faster before May,” when a new European Parliament is elected, the EU’s security commissioner Julian King said. – Rappler.com