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Google, Facebook, Twitter still fail in the fight against fake news: EU

FILE PHOTO: Facebook and Twitter logos are seen in a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook, Google and Twitter are still not doing enough to tackle fake news under the election campaign for the European Parliament, the European Commission said on Friday in its latest report.

The tech giants took a voluntary promise in October last year to combat the spread of fake news, in the hope to prevent more heavy-handed rules. The elections for the European parliament will be held in the 28 countries of the European Union on May 23-26.

Foreign intervention during the campaign and in the national elections in Belgium, Denmark, germany, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in the coming months is an important focus for the Commission and the governments of the EU.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are still falling short, the EU executive said.

“More needs to be done to strengthen the integrity of their services, including advertising services,” Commission digital chief Andrus Ansip, Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova, Safety Commissioner Julian King and the Digital Economy Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said in a joint statement.

“The data still lacks the level of detail required to ensure an independent and proper assessment of how the platforms’ policies have actually contributed to reducing the spread of disinformation in the EU,” they said.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee

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