EIGHT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES URGE BIG TECH TO COMBAT DISINFORMATION AND HELP PROTECT DEMOCRACY

29th of March 2023, Chișinău – Eight European countries have signed a letter urging big tech companies to act against foreign information manipulation and interference, including disinformation campaigns that undermine peace and stability across Europe. The signatories of the letter include Prime-Ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova.

Today’s open call, made at the second Summit for Democracy – co-hosted by the U.S. President Joe Biden on 29-30 March 2023, is part of the broader effort to promote democratic values and combat disinformation.

The letter calls on social media companies to be vigilant and resist being used as a means of advancing malign goals. The signatories emphasize the importance of cooperation and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders – governments, civil society, experts, and academia – to ensure an effective whole-of-society response to disinformation.

The letter highlights that disinformation is being deployed to destabilize countries, weaken democracies, and – in the case of EU-hopefuls – derail the accession to the European Union. 

Read more here: https://gov.md/en/content/eight-european-countries-urge-big-tech-combat-disinformation-and-help-protect-democracy