In a move to curb online abuse, the European Union on Tuesday launched a new set of guidelines aimed at limiting the dissemination of false information online.
According to the rules, media companies are required to “actively monitor and take appropriate measures to ensure that all information that may be perceived as false or misleading is accurately and clearly presented.”
The guidelines also stipulate that social media platforms must provide “appropriate technical support” to “the provision of appropriate content for the purpose of the promotion of information.”
They also mandate that the European Commission monitor “the actions taken by online platforms to ensure the protection of public order, national security and the environment.”
The EU’s Digital Media Strategy was adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Digital Economy and Society, which is tasked with scrutinizing the digital economy and digital policy.
The move comes at a time when the European Digital Agenda is being criticized for lacking adequate transparency and oversight.
The EU also is facing criticism over the amount of time it takes for information to reach users across the digital divide.
The European Commission said that while the rules are not specific to the digital media market, they will serve as a “guide to the development of the Digital Strategy.”
“We believe that it is essential that we can fully understand the issues that impact digital media markets and, in particular, we want to develop concrete rules that will help us better serve our customers,” European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Dimitris Avramopoulos said in a statement.
“We believe these guidelines are the first step in this direction.”