On 18 March 2020 the Italian information and communication Authority adopted a decision concerning the application of the principles of fairness and transparency of information with regard to the Corona-Virus related issues.

The Authority invited audiovisual and radio media service providers to ensure adequate and comprehensive information coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic, making every effort to ensure the testimony of scientific experts, in order to provide citizens with verified and well-founded information.

Furthermore, according to this decision, providers of video sharing platforms shall take appropriate measures to counteract the dissemination on the web (spec. social media) of coronavirus information that is incorrect or disseminated from sources that are not scientifically accredited. The Authority stated that these measures must also include effective systems for identifying and reporting offences and their perpetrators.

Chiara Angiolini — University of Trento