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Big Tech faces new EU rules unless disinformation fight improves, Breton says

By Matthew Newman
  • 21 May 2020 06:27
  • 21 May 2020 06:42
Big tech platforms may face tough new European regulation on removing harmful content if they don’t step up their fight against disinformation online, EU industry chief Thierry Breton said today.

Breton has been leading the charge to oblige Big Tech to fight disinformation, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis, when false information about fake cures and

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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