BRUSSELS, Nov 13 (KUNA) — The European Commission announced Monday its decision to set up a High-Level Expert Group representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society organisations on how to tackle the spreading of fake news.
The work of the High-Level Expert Group as well as the results of the public consultation will contribute to the development of an EU-level ways to deal with the spreading of fake news, to be presented in spring 2018, it said in a statement.
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said “we live in an era where the flow of information and misinformation has become almost overwhelming.
“That is why we need to give our citizens the tools to identify fake news, improve trust online, and manage the information they receive,” Timmermans said.
Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy and Society, stated “I want to have an open and broad discussion about fake news to address this complex phenomenon in order to overcome the challenges ahead of us.”