Popular world-running social media platforms finally band together in the effort to significantly combat the spread of fake news from around the world.
In this day and age what can be submitted to social media platforms including broadcasted on live news networks is laced with overwhelming amounts of un-reliably sourced and ample amounts of misinformation in order to generate a public reaction, ratings, views, and likes.
The act itself is not necessarily something we haven’t seen before, one example of this isn’t as dramatic as faulty reports reviewing company funding, war reports, etc. would be the rise of the recent era of clickbait thumbnails able to be observed on Youtube starting back in 2012.
The sole purpose of the clickbait thumbnails was used by content creators seeking a shortcut to gaining popularity on their youtube channels via likes, comments, and followers. In the effort to boost their own opportunities whether personal or business-oriented synthetically and without providing the value that was promised in the headlines.
In today’s media propaganda-style fake or unreliable news headlines contaminate platforms and generally lead the public to formulate misinformed opinions or leading them to rally on topics and subjects they don’t fully understand. At this point feeling like a pawn in the game of the higher-up’s executives never carried as much weight as it does in the year 2022.
Popular Social Media Platforms Call For Media Reform
Social media giants around the globe and in the nation have just recently announced the “Code of Practice on disinformation”.
With the straw that broke this particular camel’s back being the what was known as the Covid-19 Crisis, many economies around the globe saw and experienced a sudden halt in all aspects related to productivity and success. The world itself stood still and over the recent years much of what caused the panic, to begin with, is now nowhere to be seen.
Moreover, the invasion of Ukraine was found to be a source of a great deal of misinformation having the board members from the EU finally come to the conclusion that a tighter rope is placed on what can be legal to report on world-affecting scenarios.
Russian Use Of Weaponizing Disinformation on Outlets Sparks Media Policy Reform
Vice president for values and transparency, Vera Jourova makes a statement on the matter,
“This new anti-disinformation Code comes at a time when Russia is weaponizing disinformation as part of its military aggression against Ukraine, but also when we see attacks on democracy more broadly.”
The policy as it stands implements a wide coverage of what can be referred to as harmful for worldwide viewers with an extensive list of what is being referred to as “commitments” for news covering companies around the world to abide by.
See the list of Commitments for this new policy below:
- Include Searchable Libraries for political advertisers
- Removes monetization from news outlets or sites deemed to be spreading disinformation
- Ample reduction of fake accounts or “bots” from social media platforms that spread fake news
- Puts a better emphasis on giving users the ability to flag un-reliable outlets and giving better access to outlets with correct information
- Utilize independent fact-checkers more heavily to debunk any fake news that may be spreading
With the actions in playing the effort at stabilizing what is referred to as news becomes easier to filter out the good from the bad essentially. Good news for those looking to keep up on national and foreign affairs and also not sparking radical/misinformed involvement.
As a result of the attack on disinformation produced by the news, many individuals will find themselves entering more productive debates surrounding controversial subjects and the act of entering a debate itself will be more encouraged to spark thoughtful and productive dialogue leading to a more peaceful national society and worldly relationships around the globe at the end of the day.
While the effort to rid outlets of disinformation sounds noble enough there are a few corporations that have been observed to withhold their placement in backing the new policy.
Tycoons for hosting and being able to influence mass populations like Apple, and Telegram have not expressed any position to support this new policy, both of which provide news outlets which at the time of the recent worldwide crisis have been observed to host such acts of disinformation to the public.
Thierry Breton, EU’s commissioner for internal market makes a statement on this subject, “To be credible, the new Code of Practice will be backed up by the DSA — including for heavy dissuasive sanctions… very large platforms that repeatedly break the Code and do not carry out risk mitigation measures properly risk fines of up to 6% of their global turnover.”
While the earlier stages of this policy could be observed as an effort back in 2018. Back at this time leaders of news media coverage were under no obligation to back the “Code of Practice on disinformation 2018. Moving forward, however, the new policy reforms point to mandatory compliance for the attack on disinformation whether the corporations themselves agree with the policy or not.
How the Code of Practice On Disinformation Will Aid Consumers
While on paper the attack on disinformation as a whole does sound like a move or step in the right direction to keeping the world’s population properly informed on controversial subjects. The actual numbers and statistics for how this will directly benefit societies around the globe are still left to a bit of speculation.
However, the new mandatory guidelines for how news is to be consumed by the media is promising enough that individuals across the globe will be able to observe its effects and likely for the better.
The code itself is a perfect example of how egregious the spread of disinformation has riddled different media, and with stronger enforcement on accounts and social media platforms that spread disinformation, it levels the playing field quite a bit.
While all worldwide policies take a bit of time to be fully in play, the effort in itself should make it easier for individuals looking to conduct their own research on subjects who are presented with the right information when consuming politically charged material. At the end of the day as well this can minimize the divide of opinions and increase a focus on cold hard facts in that political discourse becomes more productive than it has ever been.