Code of Practice on Disinformation – First Annual Reports

Publication Date October 2019
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The European Commission published in October 2019 the first annual self-assessment reports by the signatories of the Code of Practice on Disinformation.

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The reports were prepared by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the EU's Code of Practice on Disinformation. The reports by the signatories of the Code set out the progress made over the past year in the fight against online disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is seen as an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

The self-assessment reports highlight that the signatories to the Code of Practice showed improved transparency over the past 12 months. While progress is reported on the commitments monitored by the European Commission ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections, less is reported on the implementation of the commitments to empower consumers and the research community. The scope of actions undertaken by each platform to implement their commitments vary significantly; similarly, differences in implementation of platform policy, cooperation with stakeholders and sensitivity to electoral contexts persist across Member States.

This reports provide information on policies implementing the Code, including EU-specific metrics. However, there is variation on the consistency and level of detail.

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Politico, 29/10/2019: EU warns big tech platforms to do more against disinformation
Reuters, 29/10/2019: Facebook, Google, Twitter urged to do more to combat fake news in EU
The Guardian, 29/10/2019: EU disputes Facebook's claims of progress against fake accounts
Bloomberg, 29/10/2019: Google, Facebook, Twitter Urged to Up Fight Against Fake Info
EurActiv, 29/10/2019: EU mulls disinformation regulation but admits alert system has ‘never been triggered’
EUObserver, 29/10/2019: No large-scale disinformation detected in EU this year

European Commission: Digital Single Market: News, 29/10/2019: Annual self-assessment reports of signatories to the Code of Practice on Disinformation 2019
European Commission: Statement, 29/10/2019: Code of Practice on Disinformation one year on: online platforms submit self-assessment reports

ESO Records
Report on the implementation of the Action Plan Against Disinformation [June 2019]

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