#EIFAsks if self-regulation will be sufficient to tackle Fake News

#EIFAsks if self-regulation will be sufficient to tackle Fake News


– We need to have a responsible
legislation on how we form or how we define fake news. I wouldn’t even call them fake news, defamation, hate speech, or call for hate. So basically we’re trying to
make sure that we define them properly and have some
principle rules and values there and allow things to be online,
on social platforms without burning content or
removing content because a ministry of truth would
be good if you have the perfect government, which is
not the case even in Europe. – It’s a great opportunity for
Europe to be working with the tech companies, with NGO’s
on voluntary solutions. This is a tough issue and
a lot needs to be done but working together will
produce much better results, basically rushing legislation
can end up with unintended consequences including a lot
of censorship that otherwise you would not want to
see online by virtue of providing the platforms
with the need to take down in such rapid fashion. – I’m a strong believer of
self-regulation and I think that everyone in the ecosystem
should think “Okay what is it that we can do to deal with
fake news and disinformation?” The media, for instance,
invests in things like fact-checking, debunking,
and so on and so forth. When it comes to the
platforms it’s been a bit more difficult to get them to
the table and to get them to actually step up the plate,
and so what we’ve noticed is that for getting the
platforms to actual act in the public interest we need
some sort of stronger mechanism to help them achieve that. – Looking at the internet
now, hate is coming back, anti-Semitism is coming back
full force, hate against Muslims, Roma, Sinti,
LGBT people, women… So something needs to be
done, and up till now, the social media have
been working pretty hard, so we’re going in the right direction, but more needs to be done,
removal only is not enough, we need to invest time
and money and space into countermeasures, counter
narratives, positive narratives, debunking myths and fake news, and we need to, foremost, drop complaints about hate on the net. – As a journalist I have
to respect many laws, many regulations, for
instance I have to protect the privacy of minors, I cannot defamate people and so on. It’s time to make the
platforms, the online platforms to respect the same
principles, transparency, accountability, reliability, oversight. For instance, they should
implement some automatic tools to flag fake news, or more
transparency in the algorithms, because as a reader I would
like to know why a piece of news is shown in my news feed. If someone is promoting it
and who is promoting it. Transparency is at the
moment the best solution, let’s see if it is sufficient.

Danny Hutson

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