President of the Republic of Lithuania

Fight against disinformation is EU priority

2019-03-22

Friday, March 22, Brussels With a view to the approaching European Parliament elections, EU leaders call for a stronger fight against disinformation and fake news.

Lithuania’s efforts have made tackling of fake news and disinformation a permanent priority on the EU agenda. It was at Lithuania’s initiative that a joint EU action plan against disinformation was drafted and approved.

A special platform known as the Rapid Alert System, launched in March and aimed at information sharing among member states as well as detection and exposure of fake news, is one of the key elements of the plan.

The plan also envisages the coordination of responses through liaison officers, fact checkers and the so-called elves. It aims to enhance cooperation with online platforms and social network operators, who are encouraged to apply the Code of Practice, introduced by Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft in 2016, to counter illegal hate speech.

Lithuania was among the first EU member states to launch active measures against disinformation at the national level. We have adopted laws allowing to suspend the broadcasting of TV channels by a court decision for the incitement of hatred or dissemination of fake news.

The Lithuanian media and civil society have also been active in combating disinformation. News portal Delfi, in cooperation with Google, launched an artificial intelligence-based website Demaskuok.eu to tackle fake news. The Lithuanian elves are also fighting lies on social networks. Local journalists contribute to raising public awareness by hosting various meetings in larger cities and regions where they tell people about the threats posed by fake news.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.03.25 08:25

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