The EC investigates whether Meta breaches the rules on disinformation

The EC investigates whether Meta breaches the rules on disinformation
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The European Commission (EC) announced this Tuesday the opening of an investigation into Meta, the parent company of platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, for allegedly failing to comply with rules against misleading advertising and political content.

  • Brussels “has opened a formal procedure to evaluate whether Meta may have violated the Digital Services Act – DSA,” the European Commission explained in a statement. The Digital Services Act seeks to curb illegal and harmful activities on the Internet.

The essential. The EC points out that Meta must increase protection regarding this content. In this sense, the procedures opened by the community institution will focus on the following areas:

  • Misleading advertising and misinformation. The EC suspects that Meta does not comply with the obligations of the Digital Services Act on the spread of misleading advertisements and disinformation campaigns. The proliferation of such content “may present a risk to electoral processes and fundamental rights, as well as to consumer protection,” the EC maintains.
  • Visibility of political content. The organization points out that Meta’s policy, which degrades political content in its Instagram and Facebook recommendation system, does not comply with the obligations established by community law.
  • The lack of availability of an electoral monitoring and civic discourse tool. Meta is in the process of stopping using “CrowdTangle”, a public information tool that allows real-time electoral monitoring by researchers, journalists and civil society, without an adequate replacement, the EC denounces.
  • The mechanism to report illegal content. The Commission suspects that Meta’s notification mechanism does not comply with the obligations of the Digital Services Act.

Meta’s response. Following the EC complaint, Meta defended its risk mitigation process on Tuesday. “We have a well-established process to identify and mitigate risks on our platforms,” ​​said a Meta spokesperson quoted by Reuters.

And now that? After the formal opening of the procedure, the EC has reported that it will continue to gather evidence and carry out inspections of Meta.

Disclaimer: Newtral is part of the global fact-checking and anti-disinformation program of Goal. Likewise, he is a signatory of the Code of Practice on Disinformation of the European .

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