EU still sees loopholes in Google, Twitter handling of fake news

Loophole

The three social media giants have signed a voluntary EU code of conduct, pledging to take concrete steps to tackle fake news amid fears that voters could be targeted ahead of coming week’s European Parliament elections.

Since December, the commission has been issuing monthly assessments of their progress.

In Friday’s update, it welcomed measures taken to crack down on manipulative behaviour, including efforts to scrutinise political advertising.

However, the commission expressed regret that Google and Twitter had failed to develop means of flagging issue-based adverts, noting that these can be sources of divisive public debate during elections, hence prone to disinformation.

It also called on the social media giants to improve their cooperation with domestic fact-checkers and work with traditional media to develop ways of flagging trustworthy reporting and disclosing sources of information, among other things.