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Google, Facebook Warned Over Spread of Virus Misinformation

March 3, 2020, 6:24 PM

Google and Facebook Inc. were warned by an EU commissioner to keep cracking down on false information on their sites about the Covid-19 virus.

Vera Jourova, a European Commission vice president, asked companies including Microsoft Corp. and Mozilla Corp. that have signed a disinformation code of conduct to discuss the spread of disinformation, such as fake remedies and hoaxes about the disease’s origin.

Following a Tuesday meeting with company representatives, Jourova said it was necessary for regulators to monitor platforms and services using end-to-end encryption that might also spread such information.

“The examples of disinformation include fake remedies that...

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