Parliament is not doing enough to stop the spread of fake news across social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the culture committee has warned. Tory MP Damian Collins, who chairs the committee, says he is “disappointed” by the response to its latest report. The government says it is already considering action in many areas. It has urged the committee to await the outcome of other reports and a consultation on beefed-up powers for the Electoral Commission to regulate digital advertising during elections.
Corin Imai, Senior Security Adviser at DomainTools:
“The UK parliament’s culture committee are absolutely right to be taking the scourge of fake news seriously. For any nation the importance of protecting the populous from fake news has become abundantly clear in recent years, but it is even more important for the UK as they prepare to embark into the unknown waters of leaving the European Union. One would stress that an addition to what we consider critical infrastructure of a developed democracy is the authenticity of its election process and the engagement of the electorate in the political process. Both of these are severely damaged by disinformation, and taking a stand against it needs to be a priority.”