The Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches 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.
Call for written submissions
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee are looking at ways to respond to the phenomenon of fake news, focusing in particular on the following questions:
What is 'fake news'? Where does biased but legitimate commentary shade into propaganda and lies?
What impact has fake news on public understanding of the world, and also on the public response to traditional journalism? If all views are equally valid, does objectivity and balance lose all value?
Is there any difference in the way people of different ages, social backgrounds, genders etc use and respond to fake news?
Have changes in the selling and placing of advertising encouraged the growth of fake news, for example by making it profitable to use fake news to attract more hits to websites, and thus more income from advertisers?
What responsibilities do search engines and social media platforms have, particularly those which are accessible to young people? Is it viable to use computer-generated algorithms to root out 'fake news' from genuine reporting?
How can we educate people in how to assess and use different sources of news?
Are there differences between the UK and other countries in the degree to which people accept 'fake news', given our tradition of public service broadcasting and newspaper readership?
How have other governments responded to fake news?
Submit your views through the Fake news inquiry page.
Deadline for written submissions is Friday 3 March 2017.