Action Plan against Disinformation

CIVEX-VI/040
Adopted

Action Plan against Disinformation

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Randel LÄNTS
Alternate Estonia
Member of Viljandi City Council
 randel.l2nts@gmail.com
 +372 508 4537
 RU, ET, EN
 Adoption: 05/12/2019
 Theme: Constitutional and Institutional Affairs
Commission: Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX-VI)
Raising awareness on local and regional level about the impact of disinformation and ways to counter it Raising awareness on the EU and national level about the role local and regional authorities and communities should play in countering disinformation Exploring the possibilities of capacity-building of local and regional authorities, media, and civil society in countering disinformation
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS  welcomes the European Commission's initiative to counter disinformation, pointing out that the Action Plan takes insufficient account of the regional and local levels, although it is often there that the problems associated with this subject originate;  reaffirms the points made in its opinion on Tackling online disinformation: a European approach. People need to be made more aware of this problem, in particular by raising awareness through education in schools;  notes that new ways of accessing and disseminating information require new skills, which should go hand in hand with critical examination of information and its sources;  notes that there is little or no monitoring of editors or the reliability of the information disseminated in the new media;  points out that only a long and complex process can raise people's awareness and change their behaviour, inter alia by imparting media literacy skills;  stresses that social media platforms should establish user services delivering quick assistance in relation to content, including standardised, swift and effective procedures against false information or hate speech, provided in all EU languages and taking into account local cultural context;  notes the urgent need to expand the ability of regional and local authorities and other local stakeholders to tackle disinformation;  stresses that combating the spread of disinformation must on no account amount to the monitoring of beliefs or censorship or give any such impression;  stresses that the fight against disinformation must be waged in complete transparency, with the public having access to data protection, personal data processing and financial aspects;  points out that financial resources, greater cooperation and strengthening of know-how should be used to promote initiatives for fact-checking by journalists and civil society, the debunking of myths and the dissemination of reliable information.
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