Japanese Ministry to develop a set of measures against fake news

14 Jan 2019

The Japanese Ministry of Information and Ministry of Internal affairs announced the development of a set of guidelines tackling the spread of misinformation online especially during electoral campaigns and natural disasters. These measures will be drafted by June 2019 by a panel of experts within the Communication Ministry and will address the main tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google. Such measures will be similar to the self-regulatory code of practice asked by the EU’s Commission to the main US tech giants.

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