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EU experts' fake news report draws false conclusions: consumer group

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By Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A consumer group on Monday said experts appointed by the to advise on tackling fake had ignored the business model that gave the likes of and a motive for disseminating it.

The tech giants have come under fire in for not doing enough to remove misleading or illegal content, including incitement to hatred, extremism and the of

The EU will publish a non-binding policy paper on the subject in the spring.

The group of 39 experts it appointed, including representatives from social media, media and the public, called for a code of principles for and

It said companies should provide selected shown to the public, promote and develop tools to help consumers tackle the issue.

The experts also said authorities should let the companies regulate themselves.

Both and have expressed support for better controls over illicit content, saying they favour a code of conduct they could adhere to rather than being required to police such content themselves.

But Monique Goyens, of BEUC - an umbrella group for 43 national consumer organisations from 31 European countries - said the experts' report had failed to address one of the core causes of fake

"Platforms such as or massively benefit from users reading and sharing fake articles which contain advertisements. But this expert group choose to ignore this business model. This is head-in-the-sand politics," she said in a statement.

"The burden for de-bunking fake should not rest on people," she said, adding that the non-binding code of principles could turn out to be toothless.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by John Stonestreet)

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 00:20 IST