- The EU has announced plans to beef up its code of practice on online disinformation to prevent digital ad companies from earning profits from fake news.
- The new proposals from the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, come amid concerns about the role of social media and tech giants in the spread of false information online, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The proposals build on a voluntary and nonbinding code of practice launched by the bloc in 2018. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, TikTok, and Mozilla have signed on to the code as well as several advertisers. The new guidelines aim to push signatories to go further with their commitments.
- The stricter code calls for increased transparency about why certain adverts are displayed and for platforms to share information with each other about adverts that have been rejected for spreading debunked content.
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