The European Commission has published a review of its self-regulatory Code of Practice on Disinformation. The Code, which was agreed in 2018, is aimed at combating the spread of disinformation online and its signatories include Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, TikTok and Twitter as well as a number of advertisers.
The Commission believes that while the Code has “prompted concrete actions and policy changes by relevant stakeholders aimed at countering disinformation”, it has fallen short in four main areas. These are: the inconsistent and incomplete application of the Code across platforms and Member States, a lack of uniform definitions, the existence of several gaps in the coverage of the Code commitments, and the limitations intrinsic to the self-regulatory nature of the Code.
The Commission states that the review’s findings will support its “reflections on pertinent policy initiatives, including the European Democracy Action, as well as the Digital Services Act, which will aim to fix overarching rules applicable to all information society services.”