Social Media: Information Warfare

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Written Question 908935 on Social Media: Information Warfare, what assessment has his Department has made of the effect of disinformation on social media on the efficacy of political elections.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Maintaining a free, open and accessible media is a long-term priority for the UK and the Government will continue to work to constrain the effects of disinformation through all mediums. The Government itself is not directly responsible for overseeing the integrity of conduct of elections, and rightly not, but we continue to work with the Electoral Commission to strengthen and secure our democratic processes.

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