Online platforms are also the focus of a joint Communication to tackle disinformation during COVID-19, presented on 10th June by the European Commission and EU High Representative. The Communication addresses the proliferation of disinformation during COVID-19 and issues such as illegal hate speech and threats to security and democracy. Platforms are asked to submit monthly reports on their initiatives to address COVID-19 related disinformation. At the same time, the Communication seeks to protect fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and the important role of the media in exposing disinformation and protecting fundamental rights. Work conducted under the Communication will feed into future EC initiatives including a new Digital Services Act, and an Action Plan on European Democracy including media pluralism.

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