Brussels — Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Twitter have pledged to work together with other tech and advertising companies to fight the spread of "fake news" online in Europe, largely to prevent it from blighting political elections in the region. The group, an ad-hoc alliance that includes Mozilla and advertising business organisations, presented a code of conduct to the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body. The EU in April called on web platforms and social media firms to present a plan on how to curtail misinformation online or face possible regulation if they fail to do so. European digital commissioner Mariya Gabriel on Wednesday welcomed the code as a step in the right direction but urged platforms to intensify their efforts in the area, adding the commission would "pay particular attention to its effective implementation". The commission said it would analyse the first results of the code by the end of the year and could still propose regulations if the results are uns...

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