US News Digital Democracy: EU Commission plans stricter rules for platforms

12:10  04 december  2020
12:10  04 december  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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The European Commission is presenting its European Democracy Action Plan to empower citizens and build more resilient democracies across the EU . With the digital revolution under way, citizens must be able to make choices where views can be expressed freely, facts distinguished from fiction

The European Commission 's policy fosters a trusting, lawful and innovation-driven online platforms ' environment in the EU . The Observatory on the online platform economy accompanies the new rules . It monitors and analyses the latest trends and issues in the online platform economy.

The EU Commission has presented a plan to combat digital threats to democracy. This includes stricter rules for online platforms.

Die europäische Kommission in Brüssel. © Damir Sencar / Shutterstock The European Commission in Brussels.

Anyone who spreads false information online should be punished more severely in future. This is what the EU Commission has set out in its so-called Action Plan for Democracy. It wants to strengthen free and fair elections and freedom of the media and fight disinformation. The major platforms should be made more responsible for this.

"In view of the digital revolution, citizens must be able to make decisions in an environment in which they can express their opinion freely," says Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, describing the intention of the plan according to press release .

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Democracy represents itself in many different forms. In a society like the US, people elect representatives to sit on Similarly, in a supranational body like the EU , members of the European Parliament are elected by the Your workers may also provide critiques of these plans ; bringing the

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Voluntary Code to be tightened

In October 2018, several platforms signed a voluntary Code of Conduct of the EU Commission, which regulates the handling of disinformation. This voluntary obligation is to be revised in such a way that strict monitoring and supervisory regulations apply to platforms. This should happen "in accordance with the upcoming law on digital services ". The commission intends to present the law this month.

It remains unclear whether the code would still be voluntary and to what extent the platforms would agree to it. The commission plans to publish guidelines for the renewed code in spring 2021.

More transparency in political advertising

The Commission also wants to propose legislation for more transparency in political advertising. The rules are intended to apply to online platforms, advertisers and political advisory firms. This is intended to make it easier for users to recognize when the content is sponsored political advertising.

Protecting the media better

The Commission also wants to strengthen the safety of journalists. They are more exposed to physical and digital attacks in several Member States.

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