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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-000721/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

The East Stratcom Task Force, which runs the EUvsDisinfo website(1), was established after the conclusions of the European Council of 20 March 2015 which called on the EU to address Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns.

The Disinformation Review published on the website focuses on key messages carried in the media, which have been identified as providing a partial, distorted or false view or interpretation and spreading Russian disinformation. The sole purpose of the EUvsDisinfo website is to raise awareness of such messaging. The website in no way restricts the right of the media to publish differing opinions or viewpoints. Although the website mentions the outlets where disinformation has appeared, it makes it clear that it does not imply that such outlets are linked to the Kremlin or pro-Kremlin, or have intentionally sought to disinform.

Following a detailed review of certain articles in the Dutch media, the East Stratcom Task Force removed from the EUvsDisinfo Database the articles referred to in this Parliamentary Question. A notice of the removal was communicated on the Task Force's website, Twitter account, Facebook account and weekly newsletter. The Task Force continuously endeavours to ensure the accuracy of the EUvsDisinfo Database. With this in mind, it is currently taking steps to further improve its internal procedures. It also welcomes feedback and an online form is available to report any mistakes.

The recent Communication on tackling online disinformation — towards a European approach(2) sets out a comprehensive approach for countering disinformation, including Section 3.5 on Countering internal and external disinformation threats through strategic communication.

(1)https://euvsdisinfo.eu/
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/communication-tackling-online-disinformation-european-approach

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