Pressure mounts on social media - EUbusiness Week newsletter 820
EUbusiness Week 820 top stories: EU takes on social media over fake news; New EU rules to help companies grow in single market; Whistleblowers to be protected by EU law; After Dieselgate: EU car type approval rules tightened; Europe's AI efforts set for EUR 1.5bn boost; Mexico and EU agree revamped trade deal
The boundaries between social media and traditional broadcast media
narrowed this week, as the EU moved against hate speech, fake news and a
lack of control over social media.
Rules agreed Thursday to protect minors and reinforce the battle against
hate speech will apply irrespective of whether media content is
consumed online or offline. They apply to video-sharing platforms, and
on-demand services cannot escape either. As Sabine Verheyen MEP said:
"By applying similar rules to similar services, irrespective of whether
the media content is consumed online or offline, EU regulation is made
fit for the digital era."
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1. EU takes on social media over fake news
The Commission put forward measures Thursday to tackle fake news online,
including a code of practice on disinformation, fact-checkers, and
actions to promote quality journalism and media literacy.
Online platforms to be more transparent under new EU rules
2. New EU rules to help companies grow in single market
EU companies should find it easier to merge, divide or move within the
single market and to digitalise setting-up and running a business, under
new company law rules outlined Wednesday by Brussels.
3. Whistleblowers to be protected by EU law
In the wake of the Dieselgate, Luxleaks, Panama Papers and recently the
Cambridge Analytica revelations, the Commission has proposed a new law
strengthen whistleblower protection.
4. After Dieselgate: EU car type approval rules tightened
Stronger supervision of the European car approval system has been voted
in by the Euro-Parliament, giving the Commission the power to make sure
manufacturers are no longer able to cheat on emissions.
5. Europe's AI efforts set for EUR 1.5bn boost
The EU is to boost investment in artificial intelligence by EUR 1.5 bn,
Brussels announced Wednesday, part of a package of measures to boost
Europe's competitiveness in the field of AI.
6. Mexico and EU agree revamped trade deal
Almost all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico are to be duty-free,
including in agriculture, following Saturday's agreement on a new trade
deal, part of a broader, updated global agreement.
Messi: Lionel Messi, the world's best-paid footballer, can register the
trademark 'MESSI' for sports equipment and clothing, the EU's top Court
ruled Thursday despite a Spanish company's 'MASSI' trademark.
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European political parties: revised funding rules adopted - President
Tusk meetings to prepare for the EU-Western Balkans summit - Brussels II
Conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' -
Agreement on European travel information and authorisation system
Audiovisual breakthrough - Vaccination call for stronger EU cooperation
against preventable diseases - Online platforms standards - online
disinformation - healthcare data sharing - artificial intelligence -
Company Law Rules - data-based economy - Tunisia reforms - Mergers:
Altice fine - Ireland sweetened drinks tax cleared - Macao, Hong Kong
reports - dangerous substances campaign - probe into Italian state loan
to Alitalia - Whistleblower protection
Audiovisual media agreement - speeding up assessment of asylum requests -
Brexit: EU and UK citizens' rights remain EP's key priority - MEPs
begin work on 2018 enlargement package - Caterpillar: Budget committee
backs EUR 4.6m in EU aid for 2,287 redundant workers
30 Apr: European Parliament Committee Meetings
30 Apr: Time to table the EU double standards on foodstuffs
2-3 May: European Parliament plenary session
2-3 May: EU AgriResearch conference
3 May: European Parliament Committee Meetings
3-4 May: Enlargement Day 2018
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