In the run up to the European elections during 2019, on 5 December, the Commission launched an action plan to tackle disinformation and fake news in Europe. The overall aim is to protect democracy and public debate in view of the elections. One of the key elements of the plan is a call for tech companies to step up implementation of a self-regulatory Code of Practice on online disinformation agreed earlier this year. Signatories to the Code, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and others, have agreed to take action in a number of areas such as disrupting advertising revenues of certain accounts that spread disinformation and making political advertising more transparent.

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