A multi-dimensional approach to disinformation: Report of the independent High level Group on fake news and online disinformation

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Publication Date 12/03/2018
ISBN 978-92-79-80420-5
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The European Union's High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Fake News and Disinformation published its final report on 12 March 2018, in which it suggests a definition of the phenomenon and makes a series of recommendations.

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The report focusses specifically on problems associated with disinformation online rather than fake news. The experts deliberately avoided the term 'fake news', saying it is inadequate to capture the complex problems of disinformation that also involves content which blends fabricated information with facts.

The independent experts advocate for a Code of Principles that online platforms and social networks should commit to. The report complements the first insights from a public consultation and a Eurobarometer survey, published on the same day. These contributions fed into the preparation of a Communication on tackling disinformation online.

The HLEG was set up in November 2017, together with the launch of the public consultation on tackling fake news.

Source Link http://dx.publications.europa.eu//10.2759/739290
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  • https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/final-report-high-level-expert-group-fake-news-and-online-disinformation
  • http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/document.cfm?doc_id=50271
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Commentary and Analysis
EurActiv, 12.03.18: Tackling Fake News: To be continued https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/opinion/tackling-fake-news-to-be-continued/

EurActiv, 12.03.18: Commission expert group pressures tech platforms to stop ‘fake news’ advertising https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/commission-expert-group-pressures-tech-platforms-to-stop-advertising-of-fake-news/
Reuters, 12.03.18: EU experts' fake news report draws false conclusions: consumer group https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1GO2FO
EUObserver, 12.03.18: EU told to create coalition against fake news https://euobserver.com/justice/141266
RTÉ News, 12.03.18: Fund media to tackle spread of false information, experts say https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0312/946922-fake-news-report/

European Commission: Press Release, 12.03.18: Tackling disinformation online: Expert Group advocates for more transparency among online platforms http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-1746_en.htm

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