Immediately prior to the start of the European election, the EU’s justice Commissioner, Vera Jourová, is the risk of electoral manipulation by large-scale Fake-News campaigns’t get banned.
“The fact that we know at this time nothing of a big Disinfo attack that is not to say that there is him,” said Jourová, the German press Agency. Perhaps such an attack had not been discovered yet simple.
Also pointed out that the European election is over. “We still have several days in front of us. This is not Paranoia, it is caution.” It was important to be prepared. The European elections begins this Thursday in the UK and the Netherlands, until Sunday in all 28 countries of the EU.
again and again, the EU had warned the Commission in the past months of Fake News in the election campaign as well as campaigns mainly from Russia. According to experts, disinformation campaigns could have influenced the debate before the Brexit Referendum in the UK and the US election in 2016.
Therefore, the EU has set up a Commission with the EU member States, among other things, an early warning system for the better exchange of information. In addition, companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and Google have signed a voluntary code of conduct in the fight against Fake News.
That the Russian interference in the election campaign for the EU Parliament is far less visible than in other cases not reassured by Jourová. The fact that there is, as yet, no large, insulated case, does not mean that the small cases would have no impact. As a Czech, you remember very well, how the Russian Propaganda works. “A 1000 Times repeated lie becomes the truth.”
Facebook put out, meanwhile, some of the pages and groups, which had been reported to the Online network of the non-governmental organization Avaaz. On rights views had been widely used with the help of false information, said Avaaz on Wednesday. In a three-month investigation in Germany, the UK, France, Poland, Spain and Italy Facebook had been reported more than 500 suspicious pages and groups. The number of Online network deleted pages and groups Avaaz was 77. Facebook merely stated that it had removed some of the fake accounts and multiple pages for rule violations. Facebook made it so far, no information on the number of in the context of the European elections, deleted accounts, pages and groups.