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Closing date: UK ‘Fake news’ inquiry
March 3, 2017
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UK Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee is launching an inquiry into ‘fake news’: the growing phenomenon of widespread dissemination, through social media and the internet, and acceptance as fact of stories of uncertain provenance or accuracy.
Over the last few years, there have been rising concerns about this perceived trend for the public to distrust traditional sources of news, such as newspapers and broadcasters, and instead to turn to the internet and social media, despite the fact that the source of the stories is often unclear and it is not known whether the reports are factually accurate.
The ‘fake news’ inquiry is particularly focusing on questions such as
- What is ‘fake news’?
- What impact has fake news on public understanding of the world, and also on the public response to traditional journalism?
- What responsibilities do search engines and social media platforms have, particularly those which are accessible to young people?
- How have other governments responded to fake news?
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