EU urges Internet firms to intensify fake news fight

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Union (EU) yesterday urged US Internet giants and advertising firms to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns before EU elections in May, or risk regulation.

The European Commission said Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and advertising groups have made “some progress” toward meeting their pledges to fight fake news by removing bogus accounts and curbing suspect sites.

However, “the pace of progress needs to be faster,” the EU’s Security Commissioner Julian King said just four months before elections for a new European Parliament.