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Disinfo Update 11/01/2022

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After a political meeting last week, IMCO rapporteur and shadows have rejected a ‘media exemption’. All groups except S&D rejected the proposal to include it.
During her testimony before the EU Parliament on November 8, Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen warned lawmakers to beware of loopholes: “Let me be very clear — every modern disinformation campaign will exploit news media channels on digital platforms
four digital rights experts have urged MEPs to heed the warnings of Facebook whistleblowers and steer clear of a last minute loophole for media for that could compromise the effectiveness of the much-needed regulation:
Discussions are moving forward in Brussels on granting media an exemption from being moderated by online platforms in the Digital Services Act.
Politico’s Mark Scott investiated the Brussels news outlet EU Reporter, whose “blend of corporate press releases, original news and paid-for content makes it impossible for readers to determine who’s behind the coverage.”
Last Wednesday, the EU DisinfoLab published an Open Letter calling on EU policy-makers to amend the draft EU Digital Services Act (DSA) to tackle disinformation head-on, ensure stronger measures on platform accountability and more democratic oversight over our online environment.
Facebook delayed publishing a Q1 report on widely viewed content for fear of backlash as the most popular article on the platform between January and March cast doubt on the Covid-19 vaccine.