By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google, Fb and Twitter should do extra to deal with pretend information forward of key European Parliament elections subsequent month, the European Fee mentioned on Tuesday, as its newest report confirmed an absence of progress in some areas.
The month-to-month studies observe a pledge made by the tech giants and promoting commerce our bodies in October final 12 months to fight the unfold of pretend information and keep away from extra heavy-handed laws.
The EU has warned of overseas interference throughout campaigning for the European Parliament elections and nationwide elections in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in current and coming months.
“Additional technical enhancements in addition to sharing of methodology and knowledge units for pretend accounts are mandatory to permit third-party specialists, fact-checkers and researchers to hold out unbiased analysis,” the EU govt mentioned.
The Fee mentioned Google had made inadequate progress in defining issue-based promoting. The report lined actions taken by the businesses in March.
It mentioned Fb, which took down eight coordinated inauthentic conduct networks originating in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Russia, did not disclose whether or not these affected EU customers.
Twitter additionally fell brief as a result of it didn’t present particulars on its measures in opposition to spam and pretend accounts and in addition didn’t report on any motion to enhance the scrutiny of advert placements.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; modifying by Philip Blenkinsop)