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Google, Facebook, and Twitter must do more to fight fake news: EU

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google, Facebook and Twitter have to do more to tackle false news ahead of the important European Parliament elections next month, the European Commission said on Tuesday, as her latest report showed a lack of progress in a number of areas.

The monthly reports following a pledge by the tech giants and advertising trade bodies in October last year to combat the spread of fake-news and avoid heavy-handed regulations.

The EU has warned against foreign interference during the campaign for the elections of the European Parliament and the national elections in Belgium, Denmark, germany, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in the past and coming months.

“More technical improvements such as the exchange and sharing of methodology and data-sets for fake accounts are necessary in order to external experts, fact-checkers and researchers to carry out independent evaluation,” the EU executive said.

The Commission said Google had made insufficient progress in defining problem-based ads. The report covers the actions of the companies in March.

It said Facebook, which were eight-coordinated authentic behavior of networks originating in the North of Macedonia, Kosovo, and Russia, not to disclose or affected EU users.

Twitter also fell short because it did not provide information about the measures taken against spam and fake accounts and not on an action to improve the assessment of ad placements.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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