Digital technologies - actions in response to coronavirus pandemic: Online platforms and disinformation
Online platforms are important sources of information and activity. They are particularly important in times of crisis, when they are a vital channel for providing basic needs and ensuring access to information. They must be a source that people can rely on. They need to play their part in ensuring information shared is reliable and timely, and tackle disinformation, fraudulent sales and other dangerous activities.
A great deal of energy has also gone into the fight against disinformation and the ‘infodemic’ surrounding the coronavirus pandemic
Following a conversation with Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, Netflix and YouTube took actions to reduce the pressure on Internet infrastructure. Networks could come under strain due to coronavirus social distancing measures, which are causing increased demands on connectivity.
WeVerify is an EU funded research project that provides verification systems which can help fact-checkers, journalists and human rights activists to debunk and fact-check videos and images online.
The coronavirus pandemic is not only putting a great strain onto our health system, but it is also testing our ability to distinguish true information from false and recognise disinformation. The EU-funded project SocialTruth is concentrating on tackling disinformation related to the pandemic.