The EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, has agreed to work with Fine Gael Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton towards regulating social media with EU-wide legislation.
Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has also asked Deputy Naughton to act as the link between the Commission and Grand International Committee on Disinformation and Fake News.
Dep Naughton, who is also chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, met Commissioner Gabriel this week to emphasise "the need to move away from an acceptance of self-regulation" to the Commission proposing Europe-wide legislation on social media. Commissioner Gabriel has agreed to seek monthly reports from social media platforms from January, on issues around advertising or transparency, the use of citizens’ data, and fake accounts, with EU-legislation as a long term goal.
Dep Naughton has also been asked to be the link between the EU Commission and the Grand International Committee on this issue. The grand committee scrutinises digital policy, including disinformation, and governance of the internet, and represents more than 400 million Facebook users.