Posted: May 2019
Europeans were flooded with disinformation ahead of the EU elections. Avaaz uncovered disinformation networks in France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland, posting content that was viewed over 760 million times over the past three months, before finally being removed by Facebook after the Avaaz team flagged the pages to them.
Avaaz’s analysis focused on just 6 countries in the last 3 months, looking only on Facebook, and found the networks' content had been viewed three quarters of a billion times.
Yet these extraordinary numbers are just the tip of the iceberg
-- the spread of disinformation across the continent is likely much wider.
It is clear that the Code of Practice coordinated by the Commission has failed to achieve their purpose:
protecting Europeans from disinformation.
Current Commissioners must urgently prepare the groundwork for strong EU regulations to defeat disinformation and protect democracy. It is up to them to ensure that the next Commission is empowered to tackle this threat quickly.
Avaaz has developed 5 legislative principles for the EU - principles that should be at the foundation of any legislation to fight disinformation. You can find them below, along with our report: