Last week, the European Union announced a new “strengthened” anti-disinformation code to push down against fake accounts and fake news.
The new Code of Practice on Disinformation is an update to the EU’s 2018 Code of Practice on Disinformation, and unlike it’s predecessor, the new Code will be enforceable by the new Digital Services Act (DSA) which was enacted in April, 2022, and prescribes fines of up to 6% of a company’s annual revenue for non-adherence.
If you’re wondering why they’re updating the Code, it’s because of the spread of rampant disinformation during the pandemic where most social platforms allowed users to post misleading and harmful information about COVID and the vaccine.
What’s the update on this new Code?
The new Code has 44 commitments targeted at stemming disinformation. Operators of online platforms like Facebook and Twitter will have to adhere to these commitments. These include commitments to create searchable libraries for political adverts, demonetise fake news sites by removing their advertising revenue, and give researchers “better and wider access to platforms’ data”.
Who has signed up?
Almost all of the big players in the social media space. Meta, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Twitch, and TikTok have all agreed to adhere to the new Code, as some of them already practice what’s in it.
Apple and Telegram, however, are yet to respond.