14 March 2019, 12:50

European Parliament adopted resolution designating Russia as the main source of misinformation in Europe


The European Parliament adopted a resolution with recommendations to the EU Council and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, aimed at countering propaganda of “Russia and other hostile subjects,” as cited by the Russian Interfax.

489 MEPs supported the resolution, 148 voted against, and 30 abstained.

The document proposes the development of a legal framework, both within the EU and internationally, in order to counter hybrid threats, cyber war and information warfare.

In particular, the European Parliament recommended raising awareness about the disinformation campaigns of Russia, which are the main source of misinformation in Europe.

Special attention is paid in the document to the protection of EU elections from interference. Malicious use of bots, algorithms, artificial intelligence, trolls, falsified video and fake accounts in political campaigns are cited as examples of such interference.

Earlier, QHA media reported that the European Parliament adopted a resolution according to which Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner. The reasons for this were the Russian annexation of the Crimea and the direct and indirect participation of Moscow in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.