The European Union (EU) warned Twiiter, which was abandoning non-mandatory rules of practice created by the union to counter disinformation, that it could not escape its responsibilities.
Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Industry, made statements after Twitter left the EU’s voluntary code of conduct for digital platforms. “Twitter deviates from the EU’s voluntary code of enforcement against disinformation. But Twitter’s obligations remain. You can run, but you can’t hide.” Breton pointed out that the fight against disinformation under the Digital Services Act will be a legal obligation from August 25, going beyond voluntary commitments in EU countries. Breton said EU teams will be ready to enforce the strict rules once the new law comes into effect.
CODE OF PRACTICE AGAINST DISINFORMATION The voluntary application code, prepared by the EU against the increasing disinformation with the Covid-19 epidemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine, was signed by more than 30 platforms last year. The new code, signed by major platforms such as Meta, Google, Twitter, TikTok and Microsoft, included broader commitments and safeguards against online disinformation. Digital platforms had committed to further combat disinformation. The enhanced code of practice contained more than 40 commitments and more than 100 specific measures. Disseminators of disinformation do not benefit from ad revenue, avoid fake accounts, bots or artificially mounted video manipulation, provide better tools to identify and flag disinformation, increased fact-checking, transparency of political advertising, explicit identification of ad sponsors, reporting of platform implementation by commitments, center to assess compliance with the code is included in the measures.
GIVEN FOR 6 MONTHS It has been indicated that digital platforms will comply with these commitments within 6 months and a progress report will be prepared in early 2023. Digital platforms submitted their progress reports to the EU earlier this year. The EU considered the progress report presented by Twitter to be insufficient. On the other hand, from August 25, platforms including Twitter will be subject to stricter regulations and tightly controlled by the EU under the Digital Services Law. Under the new rules, fines of up to 6 percent of their global turnover could be imposed on digital platforms that violate the rules. In the event of repeated violations, the activities of said digital platforms in the EU may be stopped.