Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Fake news

Inquiry status: open - accepting written submissions

Accepting written submissions.

Scope of the inquiry

This inquiry continues the former Committee's work on fake news.

The Committee invites further written submissions addressing the following points:

  • 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?
Terms of reference: Fake news Send a written submission

Latest evidence

No evidence has been published by the Committee yet.

The predecessor Committee published the written evidence it had received. The current Committee will take this evidence into account during this inquiry:

Next meeting(s)

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