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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2020
Priority question for written answer P-002312/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jorge Buxadé Villalba (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Fact checkers and freedom of expression

The social networking boom has brought with it new challenges. Any measures adopted to avoid disinformation in social media should not affect freedom of expression in what is nowadays one of the principal means of communication.

The methods of supposedly controlling the dissemination of fake news used by social networks are clearly being exploited to attack the freedom of expression of people who think differently.

To this end, Facebook uses fact checkers which belong to the International Fact-Checking Network financed by George Soros, Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amongst others. In Spain, the principal fact checkers are Newtral and Maldita.es.

These fact checkers, with direct links to the left-wing media and journalists, dedicate themselves to censoring opinions and news for ideological reasons, without the intervention of a judge.

In the current coronavirus crisis, it is almost impossible to contradict the official data of a left-wing government for fear of being censored by these fact checkers.

1. Does the Commission plan to protect freedom of expression in its action plan against disinformation?

2. What concrete action does it intend to take?

3. Does the Commission allow private censorship without judicial intervention?

Original language of question: ES
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