brussels - The European Union is combating misleading information spread mainly through Russian media channels. The budget for 'strategic communication', especially for the EU task force that signals 'fake news', is rising.
EU Foreign Ministers will be voting on Monday, expecting EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini. The East Stratcom Task Force set up in 2015 now consists of fourteen staff members, fed by a network of more than four hundred experts, journalists, NGOs and think tanks.
The European Commission also decided to appoint a group of experts on Monday to map the risks and advise on how best to fight information. The first meeting is scheduled for January.
Brussels also launched a public consultation, in which news organizations, researchers, social media platforms, governments and fact-checkers can provide input in the coming months. 'We live at a time when the flow of information and information has become almost overwhelming,' said Vice President Frans Timmermans. 'Therefore, we need to give our citizens the tools to identify fake news. '
Minister Halbe Zijlstra wrote in a Chamber letter to be in favor of expanding the task force, 'in order to counteract information by pro-Kremlin media and to strengthen media diversity in all countries where Russian is spoken.'
One of the first messages launched by the Task Force in 2015 was a Russian article in which the Dutch report on the MH17-terminated MH17 above the Ukraine is called a myth.