The European Commission Will Oblige Tech Giants To Delete Deepfakes

The European Commission will update its anti-disinformation code and require big companies like Meta, Twitter and Google to remove deepfakes, disinformation and fake accounts, Reuters reports.

The regulator intends to make the necessary changes to the document on June 16, 2022. Once adopted, tech giants will need to develop tools to verify information and collaborate with fact-checking organizations.

Firms will have to report not only on remote bots, and the number of moderators in each country but also on the systems used to combat disinformation based on artificial intelligence if any. Reports will have to be published for each individual country, instead of a general report for the countries of Europe or the countries of the world, as it was before.

After adoption by the European Commission, the document must be signed by more than 30 companies, including Meta, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and TikTok.

For violation of the rules, a fine of up to 6% of the company’s annual turnover is provided.

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