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Parliamentary questions
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17 May 2019
P-001472/2019(ASW)
Joint answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: P-001472/19 , P-001577/19
Question references: P-001472/2019, P-001577/2019

The Commission is closely monitoring the implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation(1). As called for in the action plan against Disinformation(2), Facebook, Google and Twitter submitted reports on their efforts in 2018 to implement the Code(3), and provide monthly reports from January to May 2019 on actions to implement the Code commitments with particular pertinence to the integrity of elections.

The monthly reports submitted so far, for January 2019(4), February 2019(5), and March 2019(6) show significant progress in a number of areas. In particular, all three platforms have been implementing policies to ensure the transparency and public disclosure of online political advertising, including the deployment of political ads repositories, across all Member States. The Commission has stressed, however, that further efforts are needed in key areas, including inter alia further technical improvements as well as sharing of methodology and data sets to allow third-party experts, fact-checkers and researchers to carry out independent evaluation.

The Commission will continue to push the platforms both to intensify implementation efforts in the run-up to the European elections and to improve the quality of their reporting. It has also requested the assistance of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) in monitoring the Code.

In November 2019, the Commission will carry out a comprehensive assessment at the conclusion of the Code’s initial 12-month period. Should the implementation and impact of the Code prove unsatisfactory, the Commission may propose further actions, including action of a regulatory nature.

(1)Code of Practice on Disinformation, https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/code-practice-disinformation.
(2)Action Plan against Disinformation, 5 December 2018, JOIN (2018) 36 final, at pp. 8-9, at: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/action-plan-disinformation-commission-contribution-european-council-13-14-december-2018_en
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/first-results-eu-code-practice-against-disinformation
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/first-monthly-intermediate-results-eu-code-practice-against-disinformation
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/code-practice-against-disinformation-commission-takes-note-progress-made-online-platforms-and
(6)http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-19-2174_en.htm

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