"Concerning more specifically the risks posed by disinformation and undue propaganda on the internet and social media for the smooth conduct of the electoral process, the Assembly calls on member States to: (…) 9.2. develop specific regulatory frameworks for internet content at election times and include in these frameworks provisions on transparency in relation to sponsored content published on social media, so that the public can be aware of the source that funds electoral advertising or any other information or opinion. "
DocumentCoE (Parliamentary Assembly): Resolution 2254(2019) on Media Freedom as a Condition for Democratic Elections, para. 9.2
- Media and other information sources, including online, should enable the audience to clearly distinguish between paid and editorial or user-generated content.
- To address disinformation online, self-regulation by internet intermediaries and positive measures, including independent fact-checking, public education, and media literacy campaigns, could be prioritized over criminalisation.