NewsGuard slams legislation as ‘naïve’

The anti-disinformation code to protect against false information has been released by the EU Commission. It is designed to protect against the social media and search engine algorithms that amplify click-bait messaging and proliferate false beliefs. Hopes were high this EU rule would force Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others to rein in the dangerous practice, but NewsGuard, which researches veracity of sites, and other privacy advocates fear that compliance is optional. The concern is many companies can’t be trusted to place the public good over their own profit.  NewsGuard noted that so far Microsoft is the only major player that has committed to the measure.

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