Note: The following is a summary of recent relevant EuroDIG session outcomes and messages on which you may wish to comment. Additional proposals for core principles and commitments for action relating to this thematic area are also invited in this consultation.
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Media literacy is crucial in fighting misinformation. It is very important to educate and empower people to spot misinformation and make informed decisions on whom to trust.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Manipulation of media sources whether in the form of disinformation or misinformation can fuel violent conflict. Any response must comply with human rights and European values, such as democracy and the rule of law.
Commitments to action
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Multi-stakeholder involvement (i.e. the involvement of those directly concerned and impacted by misinformation) is of utmost importance in fighting misinformation.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 There is also a need for the infrastructure to organise fact checking and research activities that would be available in all EU languages and would, therefore, benefit all EU countries.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 In order to regulate all platforms in a uniform manner, there is a need for a more comprehensive reflection on how to construct a “regulatory backstop” that creates more uniformity, more instruments with appropriate oversight mechanisms, and in cases of need, sanctions.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The proliferation of harmful content such as disinformation during the recent crises has confirmed how it can polarize the public debate and even be a driver of a crisis. A variety of actions to counter disinformation is therefore needed:
- ¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0
- a complementary approach of soft-law arrangements such as voluntary codes of conduct and regulatory measures to deal with the strong position of platforms;
- ¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0
- the provision of trustworthy content through the support of sustainable and independent journalism and independent public service media;