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Economist Pesotsky about the “anti-dithering” EU code: the free Internet has come to an end

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From the personal photo archive of Andrei Pesotsky
From the personal photo archive of Andrei Pesotsky

The free internet as we knew it in the 2000s is coming to an end in Europe. This opinion was expressed by a candidate of economic sciences publicist Andrey Pesotsky in a conversation with the international editors of the FAN.

Major tech companies have signed a new version of the EU’s “anti-disinformation” code. Among them are Adobe, Avaaz, EACA, Google, IAB Europe, Meta*, Microsoft, NewsGuard, Reporters without Borders (RSF), TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, Vimeo, World Federation of Advertisers and others.

The “Code of Practice on Disinformation” will require online platforms to demonstrate how they deal with “harmful content”. Now they need to collaborate with fact-checkers, developing tools to remove content, including artificial intelligence. They will also use “reliability indicators” of information, like COVID-19 and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

“Now the EU will be more active in combating ‘malicious content’. We have already seen how Meta did, allowing calls to kill Russians and recognized as extremist for this, ”Pesotsky said.

According to him, we should expect a new, more systemic discrimination against people who express pro-Russian views, or those who are considered as such. From the point of view of the economy, it will not be easy for Russian bloggers who create complex intellectual content or speak out on political topics to make money in foreign social networks.

“The Internet space will be more sterile, Russian “tops” and “VIPs” feeding on the Web will strive not to lose their audience, which means they will bypass the sphere of politics as much as possible. Those of them who did not understand that “Western substitution” is for a long time and seriously,” the source said.

The expert considers it quite possible that users from Russia will be turned off the monetization of blogs on the main world platforms, which is happening now. According to him, there will be less husks, empty information noise, which is even for the better.

“Well, it’s clear that the World Wide Web is an arena of information struggle for people’s minds. The Internet as a free space will not be anywhere else. The experience of the “great Chinese firewall” with certain changes will be used in one way or another by various geopolitical centers,” Andrey Pesotsky summed up.

Earlier, Russian sociologist and publicist Philip Grill told FAN that “the case of the journalist Lipp” is a vivid example of the elimination of freedom of speech in the West and the transition to totalitarianism and censorship in the coverage of Ukrainian events.

  • * – an extremist organization banned in the Russian Federation

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