Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Policy Brief

Policy brief #18: The European Commission and fake news: Lots of talk, little walk

The European Union says to take disinformation’s potential harm to democracy seriously. However, based on the outcome of the latest initiativestaken by the European Commission, one could wonder whether Europe is really taken a stance against the spread of disinformation or whether it is too prudent, with some generic recommendations on selfregulation and ethical codes testifying for this. In this policy brief, we present an overview of the EU’s actions with regard to online disinformation and provide a critical perspective on the outcomes of the initiatives taken by the European Commission to tackle fake news.

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