Europe against political advertising
The European Commission has announced plans to regulate advertising policy, clarifying the responsibilities of online platforms, advertisers and political advisors.
Is the action plan being presented today? and has three main pillars: promoting free and fair elections, strengthening media freedom, pluralism and tackling misinformation.
"With the digital revolution in full swing, citizens need to be able to make choices and express their opinions freely," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
"Events must stand out from fiction and the free media, and civil society must be able to engage in an open debate free of malicious interference. That is why the EU is taking action to make our democracies in the EU more resilient. "
Specific obligations could be imposed on online brokers and advertising service providers, making records, disclosure requirements, transparency of prices paid and targeting criteria necessary.
However, this will be a slow process, and any change in the law could take years before it takes effect.
There are also plans to improve the EU's capacity to deal with foreign interference, including the ability to impose costs on perpetrators. The Commission will issue guidelines to strengthen the Code of Conduct on Misinformation next spring and create a stronger framework for monitoring its implementation.