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Brussels praises the Twitter action against Trump and believes the Orban consultation is causing disinformation

June 10, 2020

This Wednesday, the European Commission praised the actions of the social network Twitter in response to news from US President Donald Trump, in which the company questioned the accuracy of its comments and the national consultation warned that Hungary is disinformation.

These examples came during the press conference on the Brussels plan to stop the false news phenomenon that increased during the coronavirus crisis. The presentation of the proposal by the Vice President for Securities and Transparency, Vera Jourova, and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, led to a reflection on which cases can be seen as disinformation and how they can be addressed.

According to Jourova, the aim of the Commission is not to create a “Ministry of Truth” but to create a climate of pluralism on the Internet in which social media users can benefit from the “competition for freedom of expression”. He therefore advocates that members of a digital platform are given the opportunity to compare the information poured into it.

TWITTER WITH TRUMP IS “A GOOD EXAMPLE”

Brussels praises the Twitter action against Trump and believes the Orban consultation is causing disinformationBrussels praises the Twitter action against Trump and believes the Orban consultation is causing disinformation

The Czech commissioner therefore views Twitter’s action against Trump as a “good example” of the European executive’s approach. “Twitter didn’t delete a statement, but rather provided a contrast between the facts. That’s what I call pluralism and the competition for freedom of expression. We shouldn’t just rely on one statement if we can add facts that can show things from a different perspective,” has explained.