Disinformation: Coronavirus:Written question - 1981

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 13 February 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Disinformation: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that misinformation on Corvid-19 on social media channels is removed.
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 25 February 2020

The Government is clear that inaccurate information about public health matters can be harmful. The response to Covid-19 is being led by Cabinet Office, Department for Health and Social Care and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Government is actively working to ensure that the public has access to accurate information. The Government launched a public information campaign setting out how every member of the public, including members of this House, can help by taking simple steps to minimise the risk to themselves and their families, with up-to-date information available online through Gov.UK and trusted NHS channels such as NHS.UK. The Government also welcomes actions taken by social media companies to limit the spread of inaccurate information, including about Covid-19, on their platforms.

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