The European Union (EU) has officially accused China and Russia of organizing false information campaign on coronavirus and the COVID-19 epidemic to undermine European democracy, according to a report by AFP news agency. have been.
Calling it a “flood of” false and inaccurate information growing around the pandemic, Brussels says Beijing and Moscow have created polarized debates and aimed to polish their images. .
“Certain foreign actors and third countries, especially Russia and China, participated in the campaign to influence and misinform the COVID-19 pandemic” – the report, expected to be published on June 10, stating.
The 17-page report also accused Moscow and Beijing of “seeking to undermine democracy and severely polarize society, and to improve their own image in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
As early as April, the EU task force against misinformation published details of “cooperation from official Chinese sources” to divert the world’s blame for the pandemic, which has erupted. first in China.
However, the report expected to be published on June 10 is the EU’s official allegation against China and Russia regarding inaccurate information about the COVID-19 epidemic.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell spoke online with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on June 9. Borrell later warned that Europe needs to devote more resources to addressing the problem of misinformation.
The corona virus created a geopolitical information war in which the West accused Beijing and Moscow of spreading false or misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic, the first outbreak in the city of Wu. Han, China.
In addition, the European Commission (EC) accuses online platforms of doing too little to verify and process misleading health information, conspiracy theories, scams and hate speech. the enemy.
The report also reported that social networks reported their attempts to verify information regarding the corona virus as well as the COVID-19 epidemic and limited false or inaccurate content, but said they needed to more time to be more effective.