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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001180-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (PPE)

 Subject:  Refusal of technological giants to cooperate in measures to prevent disinformation in the run-up to the European elections
 Answer in writing 

The European Commission has published reports by Facebook, Twitter and Google on measures taken up to January in line with the commitment to combat disinformation that they entered into with the Union.

It takes the view that the platforms have failed to provide sufficient data to show that they are implementing the new protocols correctly and effectively in all Member States. Moreover, they have not, in its opinion, indicated specific monitoring parameters.

It has accordingly urged these technological giants to ‘redouble their efforts’, arguing that we cannot just sit back and await the findings of the next report, since there are less than a hundred days left to the European elections and it must be a matter of top priority to ensure that the European public is truly free to exercise its right to vote.

In view of this and of the manifest lack of cooperation that is in danger of undermining our democracy:
1. Does the Commission continue to advocate self-regulation or does it believe that, given the circumstances, legislation is urgently needed?
2. Will it accordingly propose emergency measures to ensure that the platforms take the necessary action to block disinformation campaigns and other harmful initiatives possibly seeking to manipulate the popular vote in the upcoming elections?
Original language of question: ES 
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