ALDE at the forefront of combatting fake news and misinformation in digital media
Digital media is becoming increasingly more important and is progressively replacing traditional news sources. But this raises numerous challenges as to how to tackle fake news and misinformation. Liberals and Democrats have today put forward proposals to act on these challenges. They call on platforms to provide more transparency and independent oversight of efforts to counter the proliferation of fake news on their platforms in order to assess their effectiveness. Moreover, they emphasise education and media literacy as a crucial tool. Furthermore, they demand a better and balanced regulation to limit the scope, use and the life-time of personal data online without unnecessarily hindering businesses.
Morten Løkkegaard, Member of the Committee for Culture and Education, said today:
"I am pleased to have contributed to placing ALDE in the forefront of efforts to combat fake news and misinformation. Our freedom of expression and ultimately the foundations of our democracy is in jeopardy. It is high time for social media platforms to step up and become allies in the battle for a safer internet. This needs to happen through statutory self-regulation, data protection and better education, especially among young people."
Marietje Schaake, Member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, commented:
"The EU should lead by example and not provide any censorship blueprint for authoritarian regimes in its efforts to counter fake news. This does not rule out increased transparency, algorithmic accountability and regulation of the advertisement infrastructure that underpins many platforms."
Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, added:
"In order to effectively address this issue, EU and its Member States first of all need to strengthen their strategic communication capabilities to tackle fake news and misinformation. Therefore, I am very pleased that in the EU budget for 2018 there is a concrete budget line which foresees a substantial increase in funding for the East Stratcom task force".
Note to editors:
You can find the whole ALDE policy paper on fake news and misinformation in digital media here.