Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Fake news

Inquiry status: open - accepting written submissions

Oral evidence ongoing. 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

  • 08 Feb 2018 - Fake news - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF848 KB) HC 363 | Published 13 Feb 2018

    Evidence given by Richard Gingras, Vice President of News, Google, and Juniper Downs, Global Head of Public Policy, YouTube; Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, and Simon Milner, Policy Director, UK, Middle East and Africa, Facebook (at 10.00am); Carlos Monje, Director, Public Policy and Philanthropy, U.S. and Canada, and Nick Pickles, Head of Public Policy and Philanthropy, UK, Twitter (at 11.00am); David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design, The New School, Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center, Frank Sesno, Director, Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs, George Washington University, and Claire Wardle, Research Fellow, Shorenstein Centre on Media, Politics and Public Policy (at 1.00pm); David Chavern, President and Chief Executive, New Media Alliance, Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News, Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, CNN International, and Kinsey Wilson, Special Advisor to the President and Chief Executive, New York Times (at 2.00pm).

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Next meeting(s)

27 February 2018 10:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Fake news
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Witness(es)

Alexander Nix, Chief Executive, Cambridge Analytica

Location

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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