BRUSSELS, 29 Jul. ` –
Digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter withdrew more than 100,000 messages in June alone for promoting misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic or hoaxes against vaccination.
As reported by the European Commission in its June monitoring report on the Code of Good Practices, the work of large platforms to combat false information about the pandemic and promote vaccination was confirmed.
Specifically, Facebook reported the removal of more than 76,000 pieces of digital content that violated the policy on the pandemic and vaccination, an increase of more than 14,000 publications compared to the May data. For its part, Twitter identified and removed 43,010 messages worldwide for violating the coronavirus information policy.
The Vice President of Values and Transparency of the European Commission, Vera Jourova, stressed that the programs to monitor disinformation related to the pandemic are allowing the implementation of concrete actions by digital platforms.
“With the new variants of the virus and vaccination continuing at full speed it is crucial to fulfill the commitments. We hope to be able to reinforce the Code of Good Practice”, said the Czech commissioner.
Brussels believes that in the current conjuncture, information can save lives, which is why it has called to join forces with digital companies to advance in the fight against disinformation.