The High-Level Expert Group will contribute to the development of an EU-level strategy on how to tackle the spreading of fake news and disinformation, according to the information shared by the European Commission.
The High-Level Expert Group on fake news had its first meeting on Monday and representatives of social mediaplatforms and media organisations and citizens, civil society organisation and experts such as journalists and academia were present in the meeting.
The work of the High-Level Expert Group, which was decided by the Commission on November 2017, will contribute to the development of an EU-level strategy on how to tackle the spreading of fake news and disinformation, to be presented in spring 2018.
The High-Level Expert Group expert group will gather opinions on what actions could be taken at EU level to give citizens effective tools to identify reliable and verified information and adapt to the challenges of the digital age. Experts will look at the scope of the problem, including how fake news is perceived by citizens and stakeholders, how they are aware of online disinformation, or how they trust different media. Experts will also assess measures already taken by platforms, news media companies and civil society organisations to counter the spread of fake news online, as well as positions on the roles and responsibilities of the relevant stakeholders.
Experts will look into possible future actions to strengthen citizens access to reliable and verified information and prevent the spread of disinformation online.
This work will result in an analysis of the situation, the examination of the roles of each online player, the analysis of the measures already taken and the formulation of advice.