Social Media: Standards

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with social media companies to help improve online fact-checking mechanisms.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government is committed to maintaining a news environment, both online and offline, where accurate content can prevail. We regularly meet with the major social media companies to discuss their progress in tackling disinformation on their platforms including their use of fact-checking mechanisms.

We are exploring options for addressing disinformation in the Online Harms White Paper, to be published shortly. The White Paper will set out legislative and non-legislative measures to tackle a wide range of harms and set clear responsibilities for social media companies to protect their users.

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