“Bringing this back to ‘fake news’, the critical question is not ‘what is true?’ vs ‘what is fake?’, but ‘who controls the conditions in which truth is determined?’ Increasingly, the answer is the big online platforms. Consequently, the job of whoever ends up regulating ‘fake news’ is not to decide the truth – but to ensure that platforms’ power to do so is used cautiously and accountably.”
How to deal with misinformation is a topic of significant debate in the UK, and a focus of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, which will launch its report in November. The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has released its interim report from its inquiry into fake news, and is likely to publish its final report in the coming months.
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