DCMS committee releases interim report on fake news

Commenting on the publication of the DCMS Committee's interim report into disinformation and fake news Antony Walker, techUK's deputy CEO, said:

"This is an important report that requires careful reading. The question about how to address fake news is of crucial importance for democratic societies. However the issue of fake news should not simply be viewed as a technology issue with a technology solution.  Technology platforms do not operate in a vacuum. Determining what is and is not accurate information is not always straightforward and both traditional media and elected politicians can often be sources of news that is inaccurate or untrue. Sometimes decisions about what is and isn't 'fake' will be highly political and contentious. The complexity of this issue should not be underestimated. Online platforms should not be held to a higher standard than the offline world. This interim report sets out some important solutions that require careful consideration. What matters is finding appropriate solutions that work.”

 

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