Disinfo Update 20/05/19

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We have the pleasure to confirm that Sir Julian King, EU Commissioner for the Security Union, will be concluding the debates of the Annual EU DisinfoLab Conference on 29 May in Brussels.
You can have a look at the updated programme here. Hurry up – only few seats left!  #Disinfo2019.

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EU Code of Practice: April edition

Last Friday, the tech companies have released their monthly reports on the EU Code of Practice against disinformation. Overall, the Commission welcomed the fact that all three signatories have now created publicly accessible political ad libraries and enabled searches through APIs. What’s more, the Commission called upon platforms to cooperate closer with the research community to identify and access relevant data sets. It is to be noted that Microsoft announced its plan to subscribe to the Code. The EU DisinfoLab has summarised the main actions taken by the European Commission and social media platforms to tackle disinformation online.

International call for action on content moderation

With the initiative of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, several states and companies have signed the “Christchurch Call“. The call represents a list of commitments to be respected by the states and main digital actors in the fight against terrorist content online. It is to be noted that among other countries, the US did not sign the Call. Nevertheless, last Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they’ve been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Also on the international scene, digital ministers of G7 have gathered to discuss an upcoming charter on toxic content and tech regulation at large, to be signed in August 2019.

Platforms fighting anti-vaccination propaganda

Despite Facebook’s effort to curb anti-vaccine misinformation, it continued to spread on the platform over two months after the company implemented intensified screening. Instagram has announced to start hiding search results for hashtags that return anti-vaccination misinformation. At the same time, Twitter will be launching a new tool in search that would prompt users to head to vaccines.org, which is run by officials from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This way, Twitter wants to ensure that users get reliable information about vaccination from authoritative sources.

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