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Parliamentary questions
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10 September 2018
E-003148/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003148/2018

The Commission draws the Honourable Member’s attention to the fact that it is not the Commission’s role to judge whether a particular news item constitutes disinformation.

In January 2018 the Commission set up an high-level group of experts to advise on policy initiatives to counter disinformation spread online. The selection of the group members was made through a public call for applications. Among the selection criteria, the candidates were selected based on their proven competence and experience in relevant areas. Furthermore, for individual experts appointed in a personal capacity, as Mr Fubini, the selection sought also geographical and gender balance.

The Commission will not take further action regarding the composition of the expert group since after the completion of its main task, which was the delivery of the report ‘A multi-dimensional approach to disinformation’ in March 2018, the group will not be re-convened again.

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