Fighting Disinformation – A Simple Guide to How to Identify and Manage Disinformation

A guide from the European Commission on how to identify and manage disinformation.

Why it matters

The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a massive wave of false and misleading information, attempts by foreign actors to influence domestic debates in the EU, breeding on the fertile ground of people’s most basic anxieties and the rapidly changing news cycle. Misleading healthcare information, dangerous hoaxes with false claims conspiracy theories and consumer fraud endanger public health.

The European Union and its Member States are determined to counter efforts by actors who try to exploit the crisis and put citizens’ lives at risk, or who spread propaganda or hatred. Building on the 2018 action plan against disinformation, this calls for more coordinated action, in line with our democratic values. This guide, based on a Joint Communication, proposes concrete actions for a stronger and more resilient EU.

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European Commission, March 2020