This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs and requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, assesses the impact of disinformation and strategic political propaganda disseminated through online social media sites. It examineseffects on the functioning of the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in the EU and its Member States. The study formulates recommendations on how to tackle this threat to human rights,democracy and the rule of law. It specifically addresses the role of social media platform providers in this regard.
This project was awarded under the Framework contract for provision of eExternal expertise to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, in the field of Justice and Home Affairs: Respect and promotion of fundamental rights, citizenship and combating discrimination (Lot 2) (IP/C/LIBE/FWC/2013-006/LOT2/C5) with the European Parliament, DG for Internal Policies of the Union. The full list of CEPS’ Framework Contracts is available here.