Tackling COVID-19 disinformation – Getting the facts right

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Series Details JOIN (2020) 8
Publication Date 10/06/2020
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Joint Communication published by the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy on 10 June 2020, which assesses steps to fight disinformation around the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and proposes a way forward on the matter.

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The pandemic was accompanied by an infodemic. A flood of information about the virus - often false or inaccurate and spread quickly over social media - is seen as potentially undermining an effective public health response. The infodemic feeds on people's most basic anxieties, and gaps in knowledge have proven to be an ideal breeding ground for false or misleading narratives to spread.

This Joint Communication focuses on the immediate response to disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic, looking at the steps already taken and concrete actions to follow, which can be quickly set in motion based on existing resources. Action builds on the Action Plan against Disinformation and responds to the call of the European Council and Council of the European Union, as well as concerns of the European Parliament.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=JOIN:2020:8:FIN
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The Guardian, 10/06/2020: EU says China behind 'huge wave' of Covid-19 disinformation https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/10/eu-says-china-behind-huge-wave-covid-19-disinformation-campaign
RFE/RL, 10/06/2020: EU: Russia, China Undermine Democracy With Coronavirus Disinformation https://www.rferl.org/a/eu-russia-china-undermine-democracy-with-coronavirus-disinformation-campaigns/30663872.html
Deutsche Welle, 10/06/2020: EU says China, Russia behind coronavirus 'disinformation campaigns' https://p.dw.com/p/3daA2
EurActiv, 10/06/2020: ‘Time to tell the truth’ on Chinese disinformation, Jourova says https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/time-to-tell-the-truth-on-chinese-disinformation-jourova-says/
Euronews, 10/06/2020: Coronavirus disinformation: EU warning over wave of fake COVID-19 claims on social media https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/10/coronavirus-disinformation-eu-warning-over-wave-of-fake-covid-19-claims-on-social-media
Bloomberg, 10/06/2020: China, Russia Are Spreading Virus Misinformation, EU Says https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-10/eu-points-finger-at-china-russia-for-covid-19-disinformation
The Irish Times, 10/06/2020: EU accuses China and Russia of coronavirus disinformation campaign https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/eu-accuses-china-and-russia-of-coronavirus-disinformation-campaign-1.4275889
Politico, 11/06/2020: European Commission accuses China of peddling disinformation https://www.politico.eu/article/european-commission-disinformation-china-coronavirus/
TASS, 18/06/2020: Kremlin slams as absurd EU accusations of coronavirus disinformation campaigns https://tass.com/politics/1169099
Politico, 25/06/2020: Political fight grows over EU response to China disinformation https://www.politico.eu/article/european-union-disinformation-china-russia/

European Commission: Press Release, 10/06/2020: Coronavirus: EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1006

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