Today the Commission released its long-awaited strategy to counter disinformation. MEP Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) reacts:
The EU should lead by example and not provide any censorship blueprint for authoritarian regimes in its efforts to counter disinformation. Criminalizing the spreading of disinformation would be a disaster in that context. The Commission is right to not go down that path, which some EU Member States are unfortunately contemplating. This does not rule out increased transparency, algorithmic accountability and regulation of the advertisement infrastructure that underpins many platforms, and which plays a crucial role in the dissemination of disinformation.
Schaake: "It is clear we can't rely solely on artificial intelligence to detect what is disinformation and what is not, no matter what Marc Zuckerberg might hope for. Human oversight of algorithms in this context remains absolutely necessary if we want to preserve fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, access to information, non-discrimination and fair competition. By now we’re well aware that online platforms aren’t necessarily good for democracy. They weren’t designed to be. The best we can do now in Europe is create mechanisms for oversight and accountability. We cannot simply trust – we need to verify."