Big Tech Must Protect Democracy: EU Drafts Misinformation Guidelines Ahead Of Elections

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European Union officials have begun a process to compile guidelines for Big Tech companies to safeguard the democratic process as nearly a third of the World’s population goes to the polls this year. The chief concerns are over the spread of disinformation, hate speech and other malicious attacks over social media platforms that could influence voters — with the U.S., U.K., South Korea and several European countries among the many contesting elections later in the year. Thierry Breton, the EU Commission’s internal market commissioner, told lawmakers in Strasbourg: “We know that this electoral …

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