Natasha Lomas. June 16, 2022.
The European Commission has just taken the wraps off a beefed-up industry Code of Practice for tackling online disinformation across the EU.
Signatories to the Code — who include tech giants like Google, Meta, TikTok and Amazon-owned Twitch but also smaller players like Clubhouse and Vimeo, among a number of other industry, adtech and civil society entities — have agreed to a series of commitments and to undertake specific measures to address concerns linked to this type of potentially harmful (but non typically illegal) online content.
The 2022 Code of Practice on Disinformation, which applies from now but allows for a six-month implementation period, is being billed as a strengthened replacement for the 2018 self-regulatory regime it supersedes — bringing in “stronger and more granular commitments and measures” (44 commitments vs 21 previously; and 128 new measures), which the Commission says build on the operational lessons learnt in the past years.