European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova said on Wednesday that the United States should play a more active role in combating Russian propaganda and online propaganda because of the threat to democracy.
Jorova said that information rigging was a weapon of much underestimated.
“Most of the time, it is quiet. It rarely explodes. And it is potentially even more dangerous, especially for democracies,” she will say in a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.
According to the text of the speech seen by Reuters, Jourova said she wanted to extend a hand to the United States in cooperating with Europe.
“I think that for the United States, as a cradle for democracies both 200 years ago and some 20 years ago for the ‘dot com’ or technological revolution, the time for no action is over,” Jurova would say.
“In the past, people used to say that democracy dies in silence. Today, democracy can die in the noise and the hustle and bustle. ,
Washington has imposed sanctions against some state-run Russian TV stations that it says have spread propaganda to fuel Russia’s war in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, some Russian state media have been barred from operating in the United States and some other Western states due to sanctions or the withdrawal of their broadcasting licenses, Moscow says. Media freedom is violated.
Jourova said that the United States and Europe should co-create for Russia’s propaganda and digital Wild West, beyond their collaboration at the G7 and the Business and Technology Council, a newly set-up forum initially intended as a transatlantic counterweight. is seen as. China, but now focusing on Russia as well.
“As a transatlanticist I see a bigger role for America in addressing these digital risks to democracy. We face similar problems, so it makes sense to find similar solutions,” Jourova said. Told.
In the context of Europe’s efforts on the issue, Jorova cited tough new EU rules requiring Big Tech to crack down on fake news known as the Digital Services Act and the Code of Practice on Misinformation , for which Alphabet Inc., Facebook and Twitter have signed up. ,
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