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Parliamentary questions
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14 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Csaba Molnár
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Combating the online spread of fake news about coronavirus

A range of conspiracy theories and fake news is circulating about the origin and impact of the coronavirus pandemic. There is a need to come up with an EU-level response as a priority if we are to keep Europe’s citizens informed and prevent panic or at least keep it in check. A number of technology companies, such as WhatsApp (part of the Facebook group), have introduced strict measures with regard to the sharing of information of dubious origin, including restricting the maximum number of shares. In this context I would like to ask the Commission the following:

What action will it take to counter the spread of fake news about COVID-19?

Will it set up a web page dedicated to the current situation regarding COVID-19 in the EU?

Will it soon oblige online platforms and internet-based chat services to introduce restrictions to prevent the spread of fake news, similar to the measures used by WhatsApp?

Original language of question: HU
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