BRUSSELS WARNING: Hackers will hit vulnerable EU elections - ‘An inviting target’

The EU argues tech giants are not doing enough to protect elections and other political debates from interference. Julian King, the EU Commissioner on the Security Union, told the Irish Independent the European elections in May were "quite an inviting target if you are interested in trying to sow disinformation and interfere in democratic processes". He said: “We are trying to put in place some defences to at least make it harder for anyone who would seek to do that; either from outside or indeed, as happens in some countries across Europe, from inside.” Twitter, Google and Facebook agreed upon a code of practice that ensures political material distributed online is transparent enough so that social media users can see exactly where information has come from.

But Mr King said it was not enough.

He said: “We are making progress, but we are not making progress fast enough. We're reporting now on a monthly basis in the run up to those European elections.

"We're literally giving the big social media platforms a bill of health on how they're getting on against these objectives.

"And while there has been some progress they are just not going far enough, fast enough to deliver the kind of results that we need if we are going to have sufficient transparency in our political debate.

"We've always said that if we don't make enough progress that we reserve the right later in the year to come back and look at whether we need to move into regulation."

A review on legislation will take place in March, with the election themselves taking place May 23.

Though clampdown would not focus on the content of political messages, but instead on so-called ‘fake news’ and where such information was coming from.

The election will see voters across Brussels go the polls to select the 705 MEPs to serve in the European Parliament for the next five years.

Originally, the ballot would have seen 751 MEPs to be considered, but Brexit has meant the number has dropped to 705. Due to this, Spain and France have scooped an additional five extra members in the chamber.

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