The Strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation

An Opportunity for CEE in keeping disinformation at bay

7 July 2022

Alina Bârgăoanu

Marcin Król Fellow

The EU continues its fight against disinformation; however, as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shown, its practice and enforcement capabilities remain relatively weak.

There are expectations that the 2022 Strengthened Code of Practice and the provisions of the recently approved Digital Service Act will provide the relevant instruments to its most vulnerable member states and citizens, especially in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Recently, the European Commission unveiled the newly strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation that seeks to deploy a collaborative, democratic, and European approach to combating online disinformation across the EU.

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The 2022 Code of Practice builds on the 2018 Code, which, at the time, represented the first instance of self-regulation in tackling disinformation. The new document has doubled the number of signatories. The list includes not just tech companies like Google, Meta, Clubhouse or Vimeo but also features a broader mix of players of industry associations, online advertising entities, fact-checkers and civil society groups. 

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Alina Bârgăoanu

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Romanian communication scholar, Dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest. She is currently a member of the advisory board of the European Digital Media Observatory and of the European Commission expert group on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training. Her research centres on the effects of populist politics in Europe as well as assessing the European Union’s attempts to maintain liberal order.

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