Have you heard that the EU plans to ban snowmen? That Angela Merkel is Adolf Hitler's daughter? Of course, it's not true, but these are two examples of fake news that can be found on the internet. Disinformation manipulates citizens and seeks to undermine their trust in democratic systems. The EU is taking some concrete steps against false news that is designed to destabilise European democracies.
After a decision by EU leaders in 2015, a small team was created in the EU's External Action Service to "challenge Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns". The so-called East Stratcom Task Force has now been working for two years: It documents what disinformation looks like and debunks the myths spread to confuse citizens. At the same time, the Task Force works to support genuine journalism in the former Soviet countries of the Eastern Partnership. It also promotes the European Union and its policies in that region.
On 12 September, the Task Force presented its new website, a key resource for those interested in disinformation. The website (euvsdisinfo.eu) features
Watch the video to learn more about the site (https://euvsdisinfo.eu/we-have-a-new-website/). Follow the team on Twitter (https://twitter.com/EUvsDisinfo) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EUvsDisinfo).