“We were blackmailed”: Goyens

Facebook and Google pressured and “arm-wrestled” a group of experts to soften European guidelines on online disinformation and fake news, according to new testimony from insiders released to journalists at Investigate Europe and published today by openDemocracy, the London-based global news website. Extracts from these testimonies allege that Facebook and Google undermined efforts to make the tech giants…

European Parliament Elections At Risk Of Attack

European Parliament Elections

This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament strongly condemned states that seek to undermine European democracy through disinformation campaigns and fake news in a resolution adopted overwhelmingly in plenary. Commenting on the Resolution, President Tajani stated: “Voter participation is the lifeblood of democracy. To express their right to vote, citizens must have complete and accurate…

Winning Friends Back – Kremlin Style

Kremlin Style

It is not a secret that the Kremlin wants to win back Ukraine to its sphere of influence. Some might go for flowers and chocolates,  but the Kremlin is doggedly following a different path of wreaking more chaos in Ukraine, undermining the credibility of Ukrainian power institutions, and manipulating public opinion wherever its octopus like…

Nick Clegg Challenged To Tackle Facebook “Fake News” Ahead of EU Elections

Nick Clegg Facebook

Facebook’s global affairs boss Sir Nick Clegg has been challenged to tackle the spread of ‘fake news’ on Facebook ahead of vital European elections, writes James Wilson. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International and a former MEP, has written to the former UK Deputy Prime Minister to request more transparency from Facebook and…